Daily Didactics

Numerous conferences are regularly scheduled on Fridays that encourage both staff and resident interaction.

Monday through Wednesday: 7 to 7:30 am; Thursday and Friday 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.

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.

Rotating Friday conferences: 6:45 to 11:30 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
  • ROCK Curriculum: A formal 2-year orthopaedic curriculum given in a case-based format by the attending staff at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center to residents throughout the year. Based on the AAOS Resident Orthopaedic Core Knowledge curriculum
  • Physical Exam and Acute Orthopaedic Care (summer): The focus of these lectures is the physical exam of the musculoskeletal system and is directed towards the incoming junior residents.
  • Residents' OITE preparation: Question-based review sessions
  • Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) conference: Residents present cases to discuss complications that have occurred over the preceding month.
  • Journal Club: Held monthly throughout the year. Senior residents assign articles for review to the resident and attending staff from various peer-reviewed journals.
  • Residents' Meeting: Monthly 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.

Fridays: 8:30 to 11:30 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.