We strive for the fellow to make substantial advancements in surgical skill and judgment during their one-year experience. To that end, in addition to substantial operative time and mentorship from faculty, the fellow participates in a comprehensive weekly educational schedule. This includes indications conference where pre-operative and post-operative xrays are discussed, University grand rounds conference and monthly morbidity and mortality conference. The fellow will spend ample time with each faculty member during the year in both the operating room and in the clinic. Teaching is at the forefront of this fellowship and as such each faculty spends considerable time instructing the fellow in advanced trauma principles and current and important literature, including having journal clubs. The fellow must also complete a research project with guidance from the faculty. Furthermore, the fellow is required and funded to attend the OTA and AAOS annual meetings and the OTA Fellows Course.
The fellow takes call along with the faculty. The fellow will see consults and execute reductions and decision making while seeing patients in the ER and in the trauma bays. The call per month is spread out over three busy trauma centers. The fellow will have every opportunity to work with faculty on cases that interest them so long as they adequately prepare, preoperative plan and discuss with the faculty beforehand. Having multiple faculty members, all of which have different training backgrounds, allows the fellow to learn various tips and strategies for successful fracture fixation and trauma management. In this way we expect significant growth in the skills for management of the traumatized patient
The fellows will be exposed to all aspects of the comprehensive care of trauma patients; from pre and post-operative care to rehabilitation within the clinic setting. Fellows will gain increased exposure and confidence in managing complex periarticular fractures, nonunions, malunions, infections, pelvis/acetabular fractures and geriatric fracture care. This comprehensive year will enable the fellow to become more familiar with complex decision making, managing a wide range of trauma patients and fracture care thus making the fellow more comfortable treating them when they graduate from this program.