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We pride ourselves in strong educational conferences. Conferences are protected time from clinical activity for all residents, including residents on non-orthopaedic rotations (i.e. you get to escape general surgery team rounds).

Here is a brief overview of our current curriculum and conference structure.

  • Monday (7am-12pm)
  • Wednesday (5-6pm)
  • Thursday (6:30-7:30 am bimonthly)
  • Saturday (Absolutely NO Conference)

The Monday Conferences

Monday morning conferences are weekly (except for holidays) and are our major didactic sessions for the week.

  • 7:00-8:00 – Rotating schedule featuring residents and attendings presenting M&M’s, interesting cases, and Grand Rounds.
  • 8:00-10:00 – Core curriculum lectures based on a two-year rotating curriculum.
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Cadaver Lab (July – Sept)

   Extended core curriculum lecture time (Oct - June)

  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Specialty Conference that rotates weekly between spine, sports, pediatrics, foot & ankle, and hand-upper extremity. 

*Once a month we have a one hour lecture sometime during the morning conference on basic fracture care related to the fracture skills lab on Wednesday that week.

The Wednesday conference: 5-6p.m.

(5-6 pm) rotates between fracture conference, fracture skills lab, and journal club.

  • Fracture Conference (twice monthly): This is an informal time to review common fractures, classifications, and treatment protocols.  This conference is lead by the resident on the trauma service.
  • Journal Club (one monthly): This is our monthly meeting of residents, attendings,  and research staff to discuss the latest publications across all subspecialities.
  • Fracture Skills Lab (once monthly): A monthly gathering in the SIU skills lab to learn and review fixation techniques and principles on sawbones and cadavers.  Throughout the year we will review most of the major fracture patterns including: proximal humerus, both-bone forearm, proximal femur, tibial plateau, distal radius, as well as the application of external fixators.  

Hand conference: Thursdays 6:30 – 7:30am

Bimonthly we have a joint conference with the division of plastic surgery to discuss the treatment of common hand diagnoses. There is typically a 30-40min presentation given by an attending or resident, followed by cases for discussion. Some of the topics dicussed in the past year include:

  • flexor tendon injuries
  • congenital thumb
  • keinbock’s disease
  • digital nerve injury and repair
  • Mallet, swan & boutoniere
  • Hand outcome studies
  • syndactyly, polydactyly
  • hand flaps
  • tumors of the hand
  • nerve/tendon transfers
  • cerebral palsy
  • scaphoid fractures
  • replantation, wrist arthroscopy
  • hand infections
  • DRUJ injuries