The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University has developed a balanced program of both didactic and group participation conferences to foster and encourage resident education.

Each Monday, conferences are lead by dedicated attending physicians in each subspecialty and resident participation is required. Residents actively participate at all levels of this conference program and take an active role in the education of medical students who rotate through the orthopaedic service.

On Thursdays, trauma conference is held. A set curriculum has been developed to cover all topics in orthopaedic trauma. OITE review typically follows the lecture. Here, residents go over questions seen in previous in-training exams.

All affiliate hospitals have their own independent conference schedules for the rotating residents.

To view the conference schedule, click here.

Trauma Conference
Once a week, first and second-year residents meet with attendings to discuss various fractures that were seen in the emergency room during that week. Each resident presents the consults they saw. In an informal, Socratic style, the group discusses an assortment of fractures - from the most common to the more unique - in detail. Specific points of discussion include reading x-rays, the clinical work-up, nonoperative and operative treatment strategies, and the current literature. This conference is predominantly geared to the junior residents, but all residents are encouraged to attend.

A new component to the curriculum, summer school provides an introduction to orthopaedics for the interns and a review for the junior residents.

Each Monday for three weeks, interns and junior residents are lectured on basic orthopaedic principles and given survival tips by the chief residents.

  • Week 1: Resident Responsibilites, ER/Floor consultations, The Trauma Examination, The Perioperative Patient
  • Week 2: Spinal Cord Injury Work-up, Halo Placement Workshop, Traction Pin Placement
  • Week 3: Radiology - fracture description, Splint/Cast workshop, Arthrocentesis

Orthopaedic Anatomy
During the fall, orthopaedic anatomy is integrated into the curriculum. The residency program provides six cadavers for exclusive use by the orthopaedic residents at Jefferson Medical College. This portion of the curriculum includes anatomy lectures (with an emphasis upon functional anatomy and operative approaches), resident prosection and time in the lab with attendings from the relevant services.

For six consecutive Wednesdays, residents review basic anatomy and surgical approaches. Each session begins with a lecture from an attending in the relevant subspecialty. Following the lecture, residents go to the anatomy lab where a team, composed of residents from each year, is responsible for the dissection and presentation of the cadaver.

Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds include presentations given approximately once a month from faculty and visiting professors. Prominent orthopaedic surgeons throughout the country lecture and provide the latest updates on topics relevant to their subspecialty.

2011 - 2012 Schedule of Visiting Professors
Sept. 22, 2011Dr. J.P. WarnerChief, Harvard Shoulder Service
Oct. 27, 2011Dr. Darrel BrodkeDirector, Spine Service at University of Utah
Nov. 3, 2011Dr. David BacksteinJoints Surgery, Division Chair, Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario
Nov. 10, 2011Dr. Joseph SchatzkerTrauma/Joints Surgery, University of Toronto
Jan. 5, 2012Dr. William CostertonDirector, Microbial Research, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Jan. 19, 2012Dr. Scott RodeoCo-Chief,�Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, Hospital for Special Surgery
March 1, 2012Dr. Jeffrey AbramsShoulder and Elbow Surgery, Princeton, NJ
President Elect of American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES)

Once a month, residents and attendings gather together informally to discuss articles in the latest Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Junior residents are responsible for presenting and critiquing articles.

Journal Club is usually hosted by one of the attendings at his or her residence. Food and refreshments are provided. Faculty and residents find Journal Club as an excellent opportunity to discuss and debate current orthopaedic topics outside the hospital.

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.