PGY-IV residents spend 10 weeks each on the orthopaedic trauma service, pediatric orthopaedic service, hand and upper extremity service, adult reconstruction service, and at the VA medical center.
Basic science is also integrated into other aspects of the resident’s experience through the inclusion of relevant basic science material in other didactic sessions including: Core Specialty Conferences, Grand Rounds and M&M Conferences.
During clinical rotations and daily clinical patient care activities, relevant basic science material is integrated as it applies to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of clinical orthopaedic disorders. For example, residents experience and learn topics pertaining to orthopaedic infections in the treatment of a patient with a postoperative infection. Residents learn principles of bone regeneration during intra-operative discussions regarding fracture fixation.
Journal club is organized by a small group of residents and faculty and held at the end of each rotation. Articles from core and specialty orthopaedic journals are selected by the faculty. Residents are then assigned these papers and are expected to present to the group. The discussions examine the scientific methods of the studies and their clinical relevance. Each paper is critically reviewed followed by a group discussion. The goal of journal club is to promote evidence-based medicine, remain up–to-date, demonstrate continuing medical education, and learn critical appraisal skills.
Experiences Beyond Education
The PGY1 residents continue with training sessions including introduction to sterile technique and the operating room, application of casts and splints, basic suturing and knot tying, behavior expectations and code of conduct, CPT and case log coding, and clinic operations and expectations. There is also 4 hours of instruction for the PGY5’s.
Topics include CPT coding, being an effective teacher and leader, and how to evaluate junior residents or medical students.
- Jeopardy: Orthopaedic Jeopardy is a long-standing graduation tradition for the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Every year the faculty and residents separate into three teams who compete in orthopaedic related jeopardy questions. Drs. Schwab and Schmeling host the game and the residents on the Trauma team are the judges. It is also tradition for the PGY2 on the trauma service to dress up as “Vanna”, the game scorekeeper.
- Annual John S. Gould Lectureship & Scientific Day: The John S. Gould Lectureship is the Department’s annual scientific program associated with graduation. Each year a nationally recognized orthopaedic surgeon is invited as visiting professor and gives a Grand Rounds lecture. Graduating residents, graduating fellows, other residents and graduate students present their research. Residents also give case presentations to the visiting professor. Residents compete for a $500.00 award for the best paper submitted as a manuscript to the Lectureship organizing committee.
- Graduation Dinner and Ceremony
- Annual Golf Outing: The annual graduation golf outing is a long-standing tradition for the day after graduation. Faculty, residents, family, and alumni play an 18 hole round of golf. There are multiple prizes provided for different contests throughout the day.
- Skits & Picnic: A time to roast the graduates, faculty, and staff. The celebration is hosted completely by the PGY4 residents and their families. It is the highlight of the year with faculty, residents, family, hospital and clinic staff all in attendance.
Participation in this annual program affords Orthopaedic physicians, residents, interns, medical students and allied health care personnel the opportunity to:
- Update their knowledge and skills and professional performance and relationships that a physician uses to provide services for patients, public, or the profession.
- Discuss clinical information in an educational setting where common concerns can be expressed and relevant experiences shared.
- Describe both established procedures and recent advances in orthopaedic diagnosis and treatment.