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Didactic Conferences

We take pride in demonstrating consistently strong academic performance on yearly Orthopaedics In-Training Examinations (OITE) and with a 100% ABOS part 1 pass rate. This is, in part, due to our comprehensive didactic lecture series. Weekly didactic conferences are protected time from clinical activity for all residents, including interns on non-orthopedic rotations (this means you are excused from general surgery team rounds).

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

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

Monday Conferences

Monday morning conferences are weekly (except for holidays) and are our major didactic sessions for the week. Early in the year, we have supplemental cadaveric anatomy and orthopaedic pathology sessions in addition to the core lecture series.

  • 6:30 - 7:30 – Community Grand Rounds.
    • Rotating schedule of resident grand rounds, attending grand rounds and monthly morbidity and mortality conferences
  • 7:30 - 9:30 – Core Curriculum Didactic Lectures
    • Based on two year curriculum
    • Comprehensive review of orthopaedics
    • Follows AAOS/ABOS board review curriculum
  • 9:30 – 10:00 – Weekend Sign Out & Fracture Rounds
    • Imaging from weekend call team reviewed
    • Resident led teaching about fracture care
    • Resident led quality control
  • 10:00 – 11:00 – Cadaver Lab (July – Sept)
    • Resident led presentation of anatomic specimens
    • One Cadaver is dissected head to toe for gross anatomy
    • One cadaver is utilized to demonstrate surgical approaches
    • Comprehensive hands on look at human anatomy completed before OITE yearly
  • 11:00 – 12:00 – Orthopedic Pathology Review (July - November)
    • Comprehensive review of orthopedic oncology
    • Resident led lecture series leading up to OITE
    • Culminates in comprehensive review from fellowship trained orthopedic oncologist
  • 12:00 – 13:00 – OITE Review (July - November)
    • Board review question and answer session
    • High yield “Chief Review” leading up to OITE

Wednesday conferences: (5:00 – 6:00pm)

  • Fracture Conference (twice monthly):
    • Case based review of common fractures, classifications and treatment
    • Discussion of cases from ED presentation through operative management
  • Journal Club (one monthly):
    • Topics & Subspecialties vary by month
    • Informal setting, typically over dinner with attending staff
  • Fracture Skills Lab (once monthly):
    • Takes place in the Memorial Center for Learning and Innovation (MCLI), our state of the art surgical skills lab
    • Cadaveric and saw bones labs dedicated to fracture fixation
    • Over the course of the year we cover the majority of peri-articular and diaphyseal fracture fixation 

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

Optional bimonthly 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.

Sports Medicine Imaging Conference: (Friday 6:30 -  7:30am)

Optional monthly morning conference with Sports Medicine attendings and Musculoskeletal Radiologist to review cases including correlation of physical exam findings with XRay and MRI findings and intraoperative photography. Designed to improve our MRI diagnostic imaging skillset.

Adult Recon Journal Club: (18:00 – 20:00)

Optional monthly informal evening journal clubs typically at the homes of our adult reconstruction attending staff. Current literature pertaining to the field of adult reconstructive orthopedics is reviewed and discussed with attending staff and adult reconstruction fellows.