Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University



The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University has developed a balanced program of both didactic and group participation conferences to foster and encourage resident education.

Each Monday, conferences are lead by dedicated attending physicians in each subspecialty and resident participation is required. Residents actively participate at all levels of this conference program and take an active role in the education of medical students who rotate through the orthopaedic service.

On Thursdays, trauma conference is held. A set curriculum has been developed to cover all topics in orthopaedic trauma. OITE review typically follows the lecture. Here, residents go over questions seen in previous in-training exams.

All affiliate hospitals have their own independent conference schedules for the rotating residents.

To view the conference schedule, click here.

Trauma Conference

Once a week, first and second-year residents meet with attendings to discuss various fractures that were seen in the emergency room during that week. Each resident presents the consults they saw. In an informal, Socratic style, the group discusses an assortment of fractures - from the most common to the more unique - in detail. Specific points of discussion include reading x-rays, the clinical work-up, nonoperative and operative treatment strategies, and the current literature. This conference is predominantly geared to the junior residents, but all residents are encouraged to attend.

Summer College


A new component to the curriculum, summer College provides an introduction to orthopaedics for the interns and a review for the junior residents.

Each Monday for three weeks, interns and junior residents are lectured on basic orthopaedic principles and given survival tips by the chief residents.


  • Week 1: Resident Responsibilities, ER/Floor consultations, The Trauma Examination, The Perioperative Patient
  • Week 2: Spinal Cord Injury Work-up, Halo Placement Workshop, Traction Pin Placement
  • Week 3: Radiology - fracture description, Splint/Cast workshop, Arthrocentesis

Orthopaedic Anatomy


During the fall, orthopaedic anatomy is integrated into the curriculum. The residency program provides six cadavers for exclusive use by the orthopaedic residents at Jefferson Medical College. This portion of the curriculum includes anatomy lectures (with an emphasis upon functional anatomy and operative approaches), resident prosection and time in the lab with attendings from the relevant services.

For six consecutive Wednesdays, residents review basic anatomy and surgical approaches. Each session begins with a lecture from an attending in the relevant subspecialty. Following the lecture, residents go to the anatomy lab where a team, composed of residents from each year, is responsible for the dissection and presentation of the cadaver.

Ground Rounds

Grand Rounds include presentations given approximately once a month from faculty and visiting professors. Prominent orthopaedic surgeons throughout the country lecture and provide the latest updates on topics relevant to their subspecialty.

2011 - 2012 Schedule of Visiting Professors


Oct. 24, 2013

Dr. Martin A Posner

Professor, New York University (NYU)

Dec. 12, 2013

Dr. Felix (Buddy) Savoie III

Professor, Tulane University

Feb. 6, 2014

Dr. Joseph H. Schwab

Professor, New York University (NYU)

Feb. 20, 2014

Dr. R. Lor Randall

Director of Sarcoma Services at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute and Primary Children’s Medical Center

Mar. 6, 2014

Dr. Robert B Anderson

Professor, OrthoCarolina

Apr. 10, 2014

Dr. Milton L Routt Jr.

Professor, UT Houston

May. 1, 2014

Dr. Mark E. Baratz

Professor, University of Pittsburgh (UPMC)

Journal Club


Once a month, residents and attendings gather together informally to discuss articles in the latest Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Junior residents are responsible for presenting and critiquing articles.

Journal Club is usually hosted by one of the attendings at his or her residence. Food and refreshments are provided. Faculty and residents find Journal Club as an excellent opportunity to discuss and debate current orthopaedic topics outside the hospital.