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Core Conferences


Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds are conducted on Wednesday mornings, from 6:30 to 7:30. The educational objectives of this conference enable the participant to: understand compliance issues pertaining to Orthopaedic practice; gain breadth of knowledge in Orthopaedics—trauma, pediatric issues, adult reconstructive challenges, spine diseases, and upper and lower extremity musculoskeletal problems; learn radiation and x-ray applications for diagnosis; and develop cultural/linguistic competency. The curriculum is based on core topics, which are repeated every two years. Miscellaneous lectures are also added to complete the schedule. In addition, we incorporate a number of guest lecturers to increase the quality of this conference.

Basic Science Conference

Basic Science is a two-hour conference, held on Tuesday evenings, from 6:00 to 8:00. The content of this conference includes instruction in anatomy, biomechanics, pathology, oncology, physiology, embryology, immunology, pharmacology, biochemistry, microbiology, and radiology, as they relate to the musculoskeletal system and the practice of Orthopaedic Surgery. Anatomy sessions include formal lectures and anatomic dissections. Pathology lectures encompass gross and microscopic pathology and correlations with clinical and radiographic findings. Biomechanical instruction focuses on principles, terminology, and musculoskeletal applications. Radiographic sessions include formal lectures relating roentgenographic findings, computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging interpretation and clinical correlation.

Journal Club

Journal Clubs are held during Basic Science Conference, approximately once a month, to teach practice-based medicine and a critical review of the literature. This conference is moderated by at least one faculty member.

Indications Conference

Indications Conference is held on Wednesday mornings, from 7:30 to 8:30. The focus of this conference is on surgical indications, mechanisms of disorders, operative approaches, complications, and clinical outcomes. Once a month, this conference is held as an interdisciplinary conference with Rheumatology. The last Wednesday of the month is reserved for Morbidity and Mortality Conference. Cases are critically reviewed, the residents are evaluated by faculty, and the cases are referred to QI Committee as necessary.


PGY-2 Core Conference

PGY-2 Core Conference is held on Thursday mornings, from 6:30 to 7:30, and is moderated by an Orthopaedic attending. It is attended by members of the PGY-2 class. The content focuses on the basic Orthopaedic fracture text: Rockwood and Green’s Fractures in Adults and Rockwood and Wilkins’ Fractures in Children.

PGY-3 Core Conference

PGY-3 Core Conference is held on Thursday mornings, from 6:30 to 7:30, and moderated by an Orthopaedic attending. It is attended by members of the PGY-3 class. The content focuses on pediatric Orthopaedics and basic Orthopaedic surgical technique. The texts used for this conference are: Lovell and Winter’s Pediatric Orthopaedics and Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics.