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
The first hour is 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.
The second hour on Tuesday is a resident fracture conference with
a topic list available at the beginning of the academic year.
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
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 an OREF grant sponsored journal club takes place
during the Wednesday evening conference time were new JBJS
articles are reviewed with a faculty member.