One month each of vascular surgery and plastic surgery is required. Pediatric exposure is stressed during rotations in anesthesiology and emergency medicine. Pediatric trauma care is obtained during rotations in general surgery and orthopedic surgery.
Experience in the treatment of subspecialty orthopedics (pediatrics, foot and ankle, hand, adult reconstruction, sports medicine, and oncology/metastatic disease) is obtained through the basic rotation curriculum during the resident's orthopedic training.
Resident attendance is mandatory for all daily conferences, held from 6:30-7:30 a.m. in the Orthopedic Surgery Conference Room. The monthly lecture schedule consists of the following:
Monthly Conferences include Journal Club and Morbidity and Mortality (M&M).
Bimonthly Conferences include Research.
In every year of training, an educational conference is sponsored by the Orthopedic Surgery department.
Basic Sciences of Physiology (including fracture repair and healing), Biochemistry, and Biomechanics are taught by Dr. Jefferson Kaye. Adult Reconstruction/Total Joint and Biomechanics/Biomaterials associated with Joint Replacement are taught by Dr. J. Lockwood Ochsner and Dr. George Chimento. Anatomy and Orthopedic Oncology are taught by Dr. Mark Meyer. The Anatomy Conference alternates between didactic instruction followed by cadaver dissection and surgical approaches. Dr. Fredric Warren teaches pediatric issues, such as growth, dysplasias, dwarfism, and manifestations of pediatric orthopedic neurological abnormalities (CP, myelodysplasia). Sports Medicine is taught by Dr. Deryk Jones and Dr. Scott Montgomery. Foot and Ankle is taught by Dr. Robert Treuting. Trauma is taught by Dr. Frederic Wilson.
Guest faculty provide grand rounds on Bacteriology (Infectious Disease - Dr. Sandra Kemmerly and Dr. Julia Garcia-Diaz), Neurophysiology (Neurology - Dr. Theresa Voorhies), and Pharmacology (Rheumatology - Dr. Robert Quinet, Dr. William Davis, Dr. Jerald Zakem, Dr. Tamika Webb-Detiege, and Dr. Eve Scopelitis) throughout the academic year.
All residents are evaluated quarterly by faculty, nursing personnel, and peer review through the New Innovations Residency System. The residents have at least one OCSE yearly (and in this process are evaluated by patients). Each resident comes before the combined faculty annually to discuss his/her progress and performance. The residents participate in an annual mock oral board examination, and all residents take part in the Orthopedic In-Training Examination (OITE) annually.