A formal didactic program complements the clinical experience. Protected time is dedicated to these conferences and all residents are expected to attend (except AI Dupont resident). The program schedule is as follows:
4 - 6 p.m. - The Wednesday evening conferences are structured around a two year rotating curriculum. The topics are presented in lecture format to the residents by the faculty. Over a two year period the topics include basic science of bone and cartilage, orthopaedic pathology, growth disturbance and dwarfing, anatomy with cadaveric dissection, microbiology, and orthopaedic neurology and rehabilitation. Additionally, special topics are included as required by the RRC. Each resident during their four years of orthopaedic training will experience each of these lectures twice.
6 - 7 p.m. - The third hour on Wednesday is a resident fracture conference with a topic list available at the beginning of the academic year.
6:30 - 7:30 a.m. - Orthopaedic Grand Rounds at the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The topics to be presented are based on a four-year rotating list with new topics added when relevant. Topics are pre-assigned at the beginning of the academic year and each resident is expected to prepare a formal powerpoint presentation emphasizing new material. Following the presentation, illustrative cases are presented and discussion is moderated by a member of the faculty. Approximately once per month visiting professors from subspecialities of the residents’ choosing are invited to present at Grand Rounds following a case discussion the evening prior.
In addition to the program-wide conferences discussed above, each affiliate has its own set of subspecialty conferences and teaching rounds. A member of the faculty conducts a half hour conference each morning following rounds prior to the start of surgical cases and clinic.
Every month a journal club takes place during the Wednesday evening conference time where new JBJS articles are reviewed with faculty members.