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Resources & Equipment

Several areas within DHMC and on the Dartmouth College campus are available to the Orthopaedic Department for teaching the basic sciences, including:

  • Orthopaedic Conference Room at DHMC: This 700-square-foot room is equipped with state-of-the-art computer and audiovisual equipment for Internet and digital library access, a high-definition television for PowerPoint presentations, basic science texts and an extensive collection educational programs.
  • Patient Safety Training Center (PSTC) at DHMC: This 8,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art simulation center features high-tech mannequins and simulation equipment to produce realistic clinical scenarios to train caregivers in a safe learning environment. Using these lifelike patient simulators, medical staff are able to hone and improve their skills in a multitude of environments including the operating room, emergency room, and ICU through repetition and practice. Specifically for orthopaedics, a three-dimensional computerized arthroscopy simulator has been obtained to develop and improve surgical arthroscopy skills in the knee and shoulder. Once the resident has mastered the ability to perform diagnostic arthroscopy (based on a computerized grading system) the learner advances to the challenges of many surgical arthroscopy cases (including ACL reconstruction, meniscal repair, rotator cuff repair, distal clavicle excision, etc.). This method of learning where skills are taught and reinforced through repetition is much more powerful than the traditional apprenticeship model used in orthopaedic surgery where the junior resident often learns by observation for an extended period of time. Our PGY1 Bioskills course is taught throughout the year at the PSTC using sawbone materials and orthopaedic equipment to gain skills in spine, arthroplasty and trauma surgical techniques
  • Dartmouth Biomedical Engineering Lab/Thayer School of Engineering: Comprising more than 1,000 square feet of space, this lab is in active use for hard tissue and biomaterials processing under the direction of Dr. Michael Mayor and Dr. John Collier from the Thayer School of Engineering. In various stages of analysis are over 6,000 specimens of retrieved human joint components, making this retrieval collection the world's largest. Contained in the laboratory are all forms of equipment needed to perform appropriate analysis, including photomicroscopes, video cameras and high-tech resolution monitors.
  • Borwell Research Laboratory Space at DHMC: An operating suite and five research labs (700 square feet each) dedicated to the Department of Surgery and the Department of Orthopaedics is available to and shared by all the surgical divisions.
  • Anatomy/Dissection Room: The Department of Anatomy at The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth includes a full-featured cadaver dissection facility that is available and used for anatomy teaching. Additional cadaver specimens and limbs are frequently made available throughout the year for special purposes. Anatomical dissections are performed annually during the anatomy dissection course and the PGY1 Bioskills course.

Various resources and equipment are available in several of these settings, including up-to-date digital photography equipment, playback monitors, computers throughout the department for residents and staff, and scanners and photocopiers.

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