Conferences

UW Orthopedics holds educational conferences throughout the week.
 
Conference Frequency Day Time
Basic Science Weekly Monday 6:30 a.m.
Indications Weekly Tuesday 6:30 a.m.
Trauma Weekly Wednesday 6:30 a.m.
Grand Rounds Weekly Wednesday 7:00 a.m.
Indications Weekly Thursday 6:30 a.m.
Mortality and Morbidity Monthly Tuesday/Thursday 6:30 a.m.
Journal Club Monthly Thursday Evening
Professor's Hour Monthly Thursday
Evening

Basic Science

The Basic Science Conference allows residents to be both student and teacher. The Basic Science schedule covers pathology, biomechanics, anatomy and other basic sciences related to the musculoskeletal system. Residents attend this conference throughout their five-year term in the program.

Indications Conference

For the Indications Conference, residents on each service are divided into teams, and each assigned team prepares a minimum of two cases per month for presentation. Presenters are encouraged to incorporate X-rays and other media, including video of arthroscopic findings/procedures and histologic slides of pathology cases.

Trauma Conferences

This conference covers all trauma cases of the week and other recent trauma cases of interest. Complicated cases are emphasized, allowing residents to receive staff input to facilitate case management.

Grand Rounds

This important part of the resident education program allows a resident to focus on a topic of interest (usually stimulated by a clinical case), research the topic, and present it to a group of orthopedic surgeons. Residents in their fourth and fifth years present one Grand Rounds per year. Each conference lasts 45-60 minutes. Presentations are usually by residents under the guidance and supervision of faculty members. Orthopedic faculty, fellows and guest speakers also present. The target audience includes orthopedic faculty, residents, fellows and local orthopedists. Grand Rounds are also an opportunity for staff to educate residents on how to prepare effective presentations.

Mortality and Morbidity (M & M)

M&M conference discusses adverse patient outcomes. The conference is led by faculty members and senior residents.  The overall goal of M&M is to improve patient care by discussing salient evidence-based medicine in the context of orthopedic clinical practice and of potential human and systems factors that contributed to the outcome.

Journal Club

Journal Club meetings are usually held on the third Thursday of each month at a faculty member’s home. The conferences often meet at 6:00 p.m. and include dinner. Topics and issues discussing contemporary evidenced-based medicine are reviewed.

Professor's Hour

The Program Director or the Chairman holds Professor’s Hour once a month. Dr. Zdeblick or Dr. Lang meets with all residents for an hour to discuss educational issues and topics of general interest, such as ethics, program changes, and items of concern to the residents.

Service-Specific Conferences

Conferences for hand, pediatrics, and sports medicine are held on a weekly basis to discuss current topics. All residents are required to attend when on these rotations.
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