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Basic Science Curriculum

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Orthopaedic Residency teaches the musculoskeletal basic sciences in numerous ways.

Formal presentations and informal discussions at the parent institution cover much of the material. Selected conferences or courses at other institutions supplement when desired or necessary.

The first half of the academic year (August through December) specifically covers purely basic science topics (bone, muscle, tendon, cartilage physiology, etc.) during our grand rounds presentations. Staff physicians and residents give these lectures. Speakers from other disciplines (e.g., rheumatology, radiology, risk management, etc.) enhance discussion of related topics. It is felt that the participation and preparation for these sessions, specifically the research and organization necessary to provide a lecture with formal handouts, is an extremely important part of the educational process as it familiarizes the resident with the material and also allows them to become comfortable with formal presentations in front of a large audience.

Each resident is required to give one presentation per year. The attending staff attend the presentations and the informal discussion that ensues.

Components of the curriculum

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