Our ACGME-accredited fellowship provides the ideal combination of exposure to a high volume of complex orthopaedic traumatic injuries in a setting which encourages independence and autonomy but with direct supervision and attending support always readily available. Fellows participate directly in initial evaluation, preoperative planning, and surgical treatment of patients undergoing treatment for acute traumatic injuries as well as a range of reconstructive procedures, including post-traumatic joint replacement, correction of nonunions/malunions and osteomyelitis.
As a result of their experience here, fellows graduate the program confident in their expertise in managing complex polytrauma patients and the high-energy musculoskeletal injuries they sustain including pelvic and acetabular fractures, complex periarticular and upper extremity fractures, and a wide range of reconstructive cases.
Non-operative training includes daily participation in rounds and half a day of clinic per week. Fellow call is taken from home and all cases are presented to the fellows by the in-house residents for early management decisions.
Fellows are active participants in the clinical training and didactic education of housestaff from a number of programs who rotate through Shock Trauma for their orthopaedic trauma experience. This diversity provides orthopaedic trauma fellows with a unique opportunity to hone their skills as clinical educators as they perform an integral role in the training of residents from a variety of backgrounds.
Our daily morning conference includes presentation and review of all fractures, operative and non-operative, treated by the service. Every case the fellow performs during the year will be reviewed by the faculty at our morning conference providing an outstanding opportunity for critical feedback.
Our case review is followed by a didactic educational program which includes a regular schedule of classic paper presentations, resident and fellow case presentations, a preoperative planning conference, and "chalk talks" and formal power point presentations by the attendings. In addition, we have a monthly series of sawbones labs and cadaver dissection/surgical approach labs.