The orthopaedic curriculum at Rush features a yearlong intern skills curriculum, dedicated surgical training, and over 150 interactive conferences that all residents attend annually. Rush is home to world class orthopaedic surgeons that are leaders within their respective fields. Other surgeons travel great distances to hear many of them speak, whereas the residency has the benefit of frequent educational experiences with these same leaders.
Lectures are given and moderated by faculty each Monday evening (5:45 to 7:30pm) on a wide range of core orthopaedic topics. The curriculum features 100 topics that rotate on a bi-annual basis.
Every Wednesday morning faculty and guest speakers present on the foundational principles and hot topics in orthopaedics. Residents also present educational case-based presentations under the sponsorship of a faculty member.
Morbidity and Mortality
Each month the faculty, fellows, and residents gather to discuss and learn from challenging cases of the previous month.
Faculty in each subspecialty host dedicated conferences each week for residents. Conferences range from interactive lectures to case-based discussions and journal clubs.
Each month a faculty member hosts the residents to discuss and critically appraise recent literature from leading orthopaedic journals such as the The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery as well as major subspecialty journals.
Residents gather each morning to discuss, sign out and learn from the call cases that came in the overnight and the day prior.
Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgery Conference
Dr. Monica Kogan, a pediatric fellowship trained orthopaedic surgeon and Residency Program Director, leads an interactive conference each month on important topics in pediatric orthopaedic surgery.
Cadaveric Anatomy & Arthroscopy Labs, Surgical Simulators
Intern skills was recently revamped to include a yearlong curriculum with sessions occurring on a weekly basis. The focus of intern skills is to build a solid foundation around the core principles of orthopedic surgery. Basic topics include reading radiographs and advanced imaging, basics of fracture management, and skill workshops on power tools, suturing, knot tying, splinting, and casting. As the year progresses, the curriculum focuses on more advanced topics such as principles of internal fixation, plates and screws, surgical approaches, pediatric fractures, and introduction to arthroscopy. Hands-on cadaveric labs are spread throughout the year focusing on surgical approaches and implants such as intramedullary nails, plates and screws, and arthroplasty.
National Courses and Conferences
Funding is provided by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for residents to attend several different conferences throughout their training.
AO Trauma Basic Techniques Conference
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) Annual Meeting
AAOS Orthopaedic Board Preparation and Review Course
Chicago Musculoskeletal Tumor Review Course
Residents of all years are encouraged to attend additional courses. Residents receive funding from both Graduate Medical Education at Rush University Medical Center as well as from the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to attend. One of the benefits of being located in Chicago is the proximity of Rush to the AAOS headquarters in Rosemont, IL. Orthopaedic residents at Rush have attended dozens of different courses at the AAOS headquarters and at other locations nationally to enhance their orthopaedic education.
Research opportunities are one of the strengths of the orthopaedic surgery program at Rush. Most attendings at Rush have dedicated Research Fellows to assist with all aspects of research from data collection to statistics and submission. Residents have a dedicated 10-week block during their 3rd year to work specifically on research endeavors. There is a significant amount of research projects being conducted at Rush with ample opportunities for residents to get involved in research in all subspecialty fields. Residents that have their research accepted as oral presentations at one of the major orthopaedic surgery society meetings (e.g. AAOS, AOSSM, AAHKS, AOFAS, ASSH, POSNA) are funded to attend and present their work by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.
Dr. Gunnar Andersson Distinguished Lecture Series
Each year in honor of Chair Emeritus, Dr. Gunnar Andersson, the residents select and invite a distinguished expert in the field of orthopaedic surgery to share their expertise with our residents, faculty, and fellows for an interactive educational day of lectures and case discussions. For more information about the history of the lectureship please see the 9th Annual Dr. Gunnar Andersson Guest Lecture program from 2019. Previous honored guests include:
Senior Thesis Day
Senior Thesis Day is a celebratory event to honor our graduating fifth year residents. Graduating residents present their most impactful research over the course of their 5 years of residency. A distinguished member of the orthopaedic community is also invited to share in our celebration and provide their expertise. The commemorative day is capped off with a congratulatory dinner for all residents, faculty, fellows, family, and friends. For a full list of previously honored guests please see the 31st Annual Thesis Day Program from 2019. Most recently distinguished guests include: