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Departmental Conference

Site Specific Didactics

Intern bootcamp

Asok K. Ray Lecture Series

ABOS Intern Modules


Anchor 1


Our UIC Orthopedic Residency departmental conference is held every Wednesday from 6:00-10:00 am with a light breakfast that is provided. The time is protected for residents from clinical duties. The academic curriculum consists of lectures (50% attending/50% resident), workshops, and cadaver dissection. The curriculum is divided into a pre-OITE curriculum and post-OITE curriculum.


Pre-OITE Curriculum

With the beginning of each academic year, both high-yield OITE topics (taken from the top 50 list of most tested OITE subjects) and clinically relevant topics and anatomy are covered. High-yield clinical topics are covered to catch interns up to speed on pathology they will most likely encounter. Each conference has a subspecialty that is focused on.  Integrated into the weekly conference is a weekly fracture conference and journal club. During fracture conference, residents present interesting/complex fractures from the various sites in conjunction with how it was managed in a systemic fashion while focusing on AO principles. Each week we present a journal club article relevant to a topic covered during conference.

Sample conference schedule:

6:00 am - Pediatric Elbow Fractures (Resident)

6:30 am - How To Series: Traction Pin Placement (Resident)

7:00 am - PCL/Multi-ligament knee injuries (Attending)

8:00 am - Ankle Fractures (Attending)

Post-OITE Curriculum

After the OITE, we switch to anatomic based modules.  Each module is 4-5 weeks in length. At the start of each module, physical exam, anatomy, surgical approaches relevant to that anatomic region is covered. This is followed by a review of various radiographic modalities and cadaver dissection. The higher yield topics are covered on a yearly base and other are covered on an alternating year basis. Each module covers topics within the various subspecialty that pertain to anatomic region (Adult Reconstruction, Trauma, Pediatrics, etc). At the end of each module, we have journal club where we aim to answer a clinical question. We will also focus on a "How-To" series focusing on practical education and how to perform basic orthopedic procedures and the most common surgeries encountered. All necessary steps including equipment, retractors, positioning, etc. will be discussed.

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In addition to our weekly residency department wide didactics on Wednesday mornings at UIC, each site has their own didactic schedule for the residents who are on those rotations

University of Illinois Hospital

Monday     6:00 - 6:30 AM - Arthroplasty Journal Club

                  6:30 - 7:00 AM - Indications Conference

                  7:00 - 7:30 AM - Sports Medicine Journal Club

Advocate Christ Hospital

Daily          6:00 - 6:30 AM - Intake Rounds

Friday        7:00 - 8:00 AM - Fracture Conference

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital

Monday     6:30 - 7:30 AM - Fracture Conference

Thursday   7:00 - 8:00 AM - Attending Lecture

Shriners Hospital for Children

Monday        7:00 - 8:00 AM - Indications Conference

Tuesday        7:00 - 8:00 AM - Spine Conference

Wednesday  7:00 - 8:00 AM - Attending Lectures

Thursday      7:00 - 8:00 AM - Attending Lectures

Friday           7:00 - 8:00 AM - Grand Rounds

                     8:00 - 8:30 AM - Gait Lab

Northshore Hospital

Monday        6:30 - 7:30 AM - Hand Conference

                     7:30 - 8:30 AM - Sports Skills Lab (q2 week)

Tuesday        6:30 - 7:30 AM - Grand Rounds

Thursday      7:00 - 8:00 AM - Pediatric Lectures

Friday           7:00 - 8:00 AM - Case Presentations

                     8:00 - 9:00 AM - Knot Tying Lab (q2 week)

   Northshore Grand Rounds Schedule

   1st - Ortho/Neuro Spine Conference
   2nd - Sports Subspecialty Conference
   3rd - Foot-Ankle Subspecialty Conference
   4th - Morbidity/Mortality Conference


   Northshore Case Presentation Schedule

   1st - Fracture Conference vs. Trauma Skills Lab
   2nd -  Fracture Conference vs. Trauma Skills Lab
   3rd - Fracture Conference vs. Trauma Skills Lab
   4th - Grand Rounds



Anchor 3

Before intern year starts, all of our interns participate in multiple skills sessions to help prepare them for the challenges of orthopedic residency. This past year the sessions included a splint and cast session with our head cast tech at UIC (who was nearly 40 years of experience, was the director of the of the Orthopedic Technician Training program for over 20 years, has written the textbook on proper splint and application, and was inducted into the Honor Society of the National Association of Orthopaedic Technologists), suture technique and skills session, x-ray reading, and multiple physical examination sessions with our sports, hand, foot and ankle, and physiatry attendings.

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Anchor 4

Each year the department funds residents are funded to go to multiple courses (list below). Additionally, being in Chicago we are near the headquarters for multiple companies that put on sponsored courses that we can take advantage of. Some of the ones our residents attended this year included: Smith and Nephew Shoulder and Knee Arthroscopy Course, Stryker Mako Cadaver Course, Innotek Complex Spine Symposium, Acumed Shoulder Elbow Course, and a Synthes Trauma Lab.

PGY I           Chicago Orthopedic Symposium

PGY-II          Chicago Orthopedic Symposium

                    AO Basic Course

PGY-III         Chicago Orthopedic Symposium

                    UIH Microsurgery Course

                    AANA Basic Arthroscopy Course at Orthopedic Learning Center

PGY-IV         Chicago Orthopedic Symposium

                    AO Advanced Course

PGY-V          Chicago Orthopedic Symposium

                    AAOS Annual Meeting

                    Pathology & Oncology Course - Dr. Simon

                    Orthopedic Board Review Course


Anchor 5

Dr. Asok K. Ray a former Assistant Clinical Professor of Orthopaedic in UIH Department of Orthopaedic generously endowed a gift that helps bring world renowned orthopaedic surgeons to the University of Illinois Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Previous speakers have included: Dr. Jorge Orbay, Dr. Frederick Meyer, Dr. Bruce Browner, Dr. Freddie Fu, Dr. Alvin Crawford, Dr. Ann Van Heest, Dr. A. Seth Greenwald, Dr. Harold E. Kleinert, and Dr. Charles L. Nelson.

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Anchor 6

Interns participate in the ABOS first year skills modules. These provide dedicated and protected teaching sessions with the program director that emphasize foundational skills necessary for a successful career in orthopedics. Sessions focus on developing fundamental skills using simulation including but not limited to knot tying, microsurgery, dissection, sterile draping techniques, measuring compartment pressuresetc.

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