Curriculum

Our didactic curriculum includes weekly one hour conferences for residents at GW Hospital, as well as Thursday conferences, attended by all residents. Topics are chosen based on general relevance, faculty expertise, AAOS recommendations, and the OITE.  The trauma curriculum rotates on a one year cycle, and the subspecialty curriculum rotates on a two year cycle.  This allows house staff to first learn the material as junior residents and then to teach it as they gain experience. 

Conferences:

Trauma Conference:  The conference takes place each Wednesday morning. A fracture topic is scheduled. Articles distributed to residents in advance of the conference. Residents discuss cases. Attendance is excellent at this conference with the majority of department attendings in regular attendance.

Upper Extremity Conference:  The conference includes participation from our Hand and Upper Extremity attendings. Orthopaedic Surgery residents and visiting medical students discuss 3 to 5 articles from a recent journal. Current clinical cases are also presented. There is a rotating schedule of responsibilities for the conferences between residents, attendings.

Resident to Resident Conference: This conference involves senior residents teaching and educating the junior residents on important topics in orthopedics. These conferences are replaced by anatomy lab exercises in the summer months and is a great low stress learning environment.

Attending to Resident Conference: Clinically relevant topics in orthopedics are presented by attendings.  Topics cycle based on a two-year curriculum covering all major topics in orthopedics.  Topics adhere to overarching themes - e.g. Pediatric topics are discussed in September and October followed by basic science topics in October and November.  These conferences are replaced by anatomy lab exercises in the summer months.

Grand Rounds: Recent or interesting topics are presented for discussion between GW faculty members.  Whenever possible, topics adhere to overarching themes in the curriculum.  Grand Rounds is occasionally given by a visiting professor.   

Sports Conference: Cases are presented by junior residents and MRIs are reviewed with the radiology MSK  attending. 

Anatomy Conference: Eight anatomy sessions are held in July thru October each year. These sessions are Wednesday evening and typically begin with a didactic faculty presentation followed by cadaver dissection in the medical school anatomy laboratories.

Journal Club: This one hour monthly conference, held on Thursday morning, focuses discussion on 6 or 7 recent journal articles. The attending responsible for the month's Journal Club selects articles from a recent Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery and from a recent specialty journal of his choice. Residents are assigned articles for discussion. The conference is attended by all residents and by the majority of attendings.

Annual Research Day: Once a year a visiting professor is invited to review the resident's research presensations and give a grand rounds presentation. Prior visiting professors have included Dr. Lew Schol (2019), Dr. Jeffrey Fischgrund (2018), and Dr. Paul Sponseller (2017).