Author: Christine Noell

How We Learn: Conferences

Residents at graduation
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Each of our four main teaching hospitals offers a wide range of weekly subspecialty conferences. Beyond these there are several others that are attended by all the residents in the program.

  • Core Curriculum: This conference takes place every Friday from 8 to 10 a.m. and is the cornerstone of the resident education program. The curriculum is a rotating two year schedule of lectures and conferences that comprehensively review the clinical and basic science aspects of orthopaedic surgery.
  • Bioskills Lab: Twice each month, after Core Curriculum the residents spend two hours in the Bioskills Laboratory. Attendings demonstrate and practice surgical techniques on cadaveric specimens with the residents ranging from arthroscopic procedures to spine surgery to arthroplasty. Various attendings go through arthroscopy skills with the residents, and are able to practice with cadaver parts. Other surgical procedures are simulated and practiced in this space, as well.
  • Anatomy Lab: Anatomic dissections are an essential element of the Core Curriculum. The PGY-1 residents participate in the medical student anatomy courses each fall as laboratory preceptors.
  • Chairman’s Conference: This is a monthly open forum to discuss a selected evidence-based medicine article. Time is also set aside to discuss important issues related to the program.
  • Monthly Journal Club: After an informal dinner, residents and faculty gather to review articles from the most recent issues of Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery.
  • Hartford Orthopaedic Forum: Held at an off-site location, this monthly conference serves the department Grand Rounds open to the entire local orthopaedic community. The forum provides residents with not only an educational opportunity, but the chance to meet and network with surgeons in the national orthopaedic community as well as the surrounding local community. The guest speakers are frequently nationally renowned orthopaedic surgeons who, in addition to participating in the forum lecture also give a talk during the Core Curriculum session the next morning.

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency at the UConn Health Center

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency

We would like to personally welcome your serious consideration of our residency program. We are proud of our ability to provide outstanding clinical training and academic exposure. Extensive hands-on operative experience begins early in the residency with broad-based exposure to all sub-specialties. The excellent basic science and clinical curriculum fully prepares graduates to obtain competitive fellowships and enter practice.

UConn Health has a long tradition of active participation in resident education by full-time faculty and our local community orthopaedic physicians. The program is characterized by a collegial relationship between residents, attending physicians and staff that fosters educational opportunities, academic pursuits and quality mentorships. The restructuring of schedules and incorporation of mid-level practitioners has enabled us to preserve the quality of resident training within the 80-hour work week.

The metropolitan area of Hartford and the Farmington Valley offer an excellent quality of life with abundant recreational opportunities, family activities and outstanding restaurants and shops. Ideally situated between Boston and New York, a wide range of cultural activities such as professional theater, film, museums, and fine dining are easily accessible. Sports fans and outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of excellent golf, tennis, hiking, water sports and bicycling. Our training program supports and encourages an atmosphere which includes demanding and thorough professional training while respecting the value and necessity of establishing personal balance for individuals and their families.

We invite you to learn more about the offerings of our Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program.

Tessa Balach, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Residency Program Director
Chair, Residency Selection Committee

Augustus D. Mazzocca, M.S., M.D.
Director, UConn Musculoskeletal Institute
Chairman, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Director of Bioskills
Director of Resident Education