Daily Didactics

Numerous conferences are regularly scheduled throughout the week that encourage both staff and resident interaction.

Daily: 6:30 to 6:45 am

  • Trauma Review: The residents, trauma attendings and on call attending conduct a brief review of trauma cases from the previous night’s call. Handoffs and trauma room planning occur during this time, as well.

Mondays: 6:45 to 7:30 am

  • Administrative/In-Training Review Meetings
    • Residents' OITE preparation/OKU review

Tuesdays: 6:45 to 7:30 am

  • Rotating Conferences:
    • A Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference is held on the first Tuesday of each month. Residents present cases to discuss complications that have occurred over the preceding month.
    • Journal Club is held monthly throughout the year. Senior residents assign articles for review to the resident and attending staff from various peer-reviewed journals.
    • A Residents' Meeting is held monthly. This is a time to review administrative updates, programmatic updates, policy changes, etc. This is also a time for residents to make recommendations for changes they would like to see in the program. Residents, the program director, and the associate program director attend.

Wednesdays: 6:45 to 7:30 am

  • Trauma Core Curriculum: A 1-year curriculum of trauma topics is presented in a didactic session followed by case presentations related to that week's topic.

Wednesdays: 6:30 to 8:30 pm (SPRING ONLY)

  • Anatomy Dissection Laboratory: Annual 10-week dissection covers the axial skeleton, upper extremity, and lower extremity. Junior and senior residents are responsible on a weekly basis to provide the soft tissue dissection and the osteology discussion.

Thursdays: 6:45 to 7:30 am

  • Indications Conference: Subspecialty protected time allows attending staff and residents on each team to meet informally in small groups to review interesting cases from the prior week and go over indications for upcoming cases. Hands-on sawbones sessions occur 4 to 5 times a year.

Fridays: 6:45 to 7:30 am and 7:30 to 8:30 am

  • Grand Rounds: Clinical topics are presented throughout the year by local and national experts.
  • Research-In-Progress (RIP): Conference allows residents to present their ongoing research to attendings for advice on the progress of their work
  • Core Curriculum: A formal 2-year orthopaedic curriculum given in didactic format by the attending staff at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center to residents throughout the year. PowerPoint presentations, outlines, and key articles for each topic are available to residents on our Orthopaedic Residency internal website.
  • Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Orthopaedic Summer Institute (July and August): Topics necessary to handle acute orthopaedic problems, such as emergent care of hand injuries, evaluation of multiple trauma patients, recognition of compartment syndromes, pediatric emergencies, and evaluation of spinal cord injury patients. The focus of these lectures is the physical exam of the musculoskeletal system and is directed towards the incoming junior residents.
  • Basic Science Presentations: Residents get practice in presenting in front of large groups by lecturing on core basic science topics.

Fridays: 8:45 to 11:00 am

  • PGY-1 Bioskills: Provides PGY-1 orthopaedic residents with fundamental training in the basic techniques of procedural orthopaedics outside of the OR through weekly teaching sessions with meaningful evaluation and feedback mechanisms using student-directed learning where available.