The University of Connecticut School of Medicine offers an accredited five-year training program in orthopaedic surgery. The ultimate goal is the acquisition and development of knowledge and skills necessary to provide excellent patient care as a practicing academic or community orthopaedic surgeons.
The Clinical Experience
The program provides residents broad exposure to musculoskeletal disease while enabling them to develop graduated levels of clinical responsibility over time. There is ample exposure to sports medicine and arthroscopy, musculoskeletal trauma and complicated fractures, joint replacements, arthritis and osteoporosis treatment, spine, pediatrics, foot and ankle, orthopaedic oncology and musculoskeletal disease from both a clinical and basic science perspective.
The clinical experience for the residents is excellent both in and out of the operating room, making this educational experience one of the strongest in the nation. They receive well-rounded, thorough exposure to both operative and non-operative patient care, encountering a large range of challenging adult and pediatric orthopaedic cases as they rotate through the hospitals affiliated with the residency.
The PGY-1 year is under the direction of the orthopaedic program and includes 6 months of experience within orthopaedic surgery, including a basic skills training month.
Residents work with full-time and voluntary clinical faculty, who are fellowship trained in all subspecialties including adult reconstruction, pediatrics, trauma, sports medicine, spine, musculoskeletal oncology, shoulder, elbow, and hand. Every faculty member is strongly committed to providing residents with an exceptional educational experience.
Many of the residents further their education with fellowship training. Members of the faculty are actively involved in guiding residents through the fellowship process to ensure they are able to attend the program of their choice. Upon completing the residency, our orthopaedic residents possess an excellent fund of knowledge and are able to practice medicine in a mature and competent fashion. The UConn program is designed to encourage residents to become leaders in their chosen field while providing them the skill set necessary to be successful in their practice upon completion of the residency program.
The Didactic Experience
The Core Curriculum is the foundation of the department’s teaching initiatives. This faculty led lecture series is a comprehensive two-year curriculum whose goal is to teach the residents how to integrate the clinical and basic science aspects of musculoskeletal disease to enhance patient care. All residents including the PGY-1 residents attend this weekly conference.
The Core Curriculum also includes bi-monthly Bioskills Laboratory sessions where residents are given hands-on opportunities to learn a variety of surgical procedures including knee and shoulder arthroscopy, total joint replacement, and fracture fixation. In addition, there are weekly subspecialty and indications conferences, monthly Chairman’s Conference, Journal Club, and the Hartford Orthopaedic Forum (Grand Rounds).
The Research Experience
Residents are encourage to pursue their research interests throughout residency and are expected to produce at least one high-quality project that could be submitted for publication. In addition, each resident completes a separate research project as part of the pediatric orthopaedic surgery rotation.
Each year, a single resident with a special interest in research is given the opportunity to spend an entire additional year in the laboratory between the PGY-2 and PGY-3 year.