The residents are considered competent and independent in the practice of orthopaedic surgery at the completion of their training in the following rotations:
The residents are part of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery from the time of the match. The first year is a rotating surgical internship with rotations including musculoskeletal radiology, PM&R, rheumatology, general surgery, and six months of orthopaedics. First year rotations provide a broad exposure to those surgical and medicine-based subspecialties which are integral to orthopaedic surgery training.
During the second year, focus is placed on developing basic operative and diagnostic skills, heavily weighted toward exposure in traumatic and adult orthopaedics.
Emphasis is placed on further refining surgical skills with specific focus in management of the upper and lower extremities, spine, and adult reconstruction.
This year is considered a senior year due to its exposure in specialized areas of orthopaedic surgery, including pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine, and spine surgery.
With an emphasis on leadership, this year is considered the chief resident year. The resident assumes greater responsibility in the organization of services, teaching, and education in advanced surgical techniques. The year is heavily weighted towards trauma and adult reconstruction. A didactic core curriculum is offered on a two-year rotating cycle, and presented by the faculty or invited lecturers. The curriculum covers the basic science fundamentals of orthopaedics, dissection and anatomy, and surgical technique. Grand rounds are offered monthly, often featuring a nationally recognized expert in the field of orthopaedic surgery.
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