Didactic teaching occurs in a weekly dedicated Sports Medicine conference, which takes place in the state of the art orthopaedic conference room. This consists of presentations from sports medicine faculty, basic science faculty, residents, and fellows. The fellows have access to the full complement of orthopaedic conferences and are expected to participate in resident education, both formally and informally.
The format of the weekly sports medicine conference will consist of a 30 minute presentation followed by a discussion/question and answer session. This will be supplemented by questions drawn from OITE/OSAE sources. In addition, each conference will be supplemented by journal articles, including classical articles, current articles, technique articles, and basic articles.
There is a monthly sports medicine journal club featuring recent articles on a focused sports medicine topic. The fellows will be responsible for the organization of this conference.
Formal pre-operative conferences are held once per week. Cases for the week are reviewed. The fellow and resident attending each present one or two cases that have been posted for at least one week and describe the clinical history, physical exam, and radiographic findings, the differential diagnosis, and alternative management options, indications for surgery, surgical options, post-operative care, and expected outcome. The remainder of the cases will be presented by the attending or staff and follow similar guidelines.
Didactic anatomy sessions will be held in Wake Forest School of Medicine’s state of the art anatomy laboratory, with both embalmed and fresh-frozen specimens. Upper and lower extremity areas will be covered in conjunction with the didactic teaching program. Fellows and residents will perform the initial dissection and then present the prosections to the Sports Medicine team.
The majority of the didactic teaching takes place in the weekly one hour conference, which covers sports medicine and emphasizes the development of a lifetime of scholarly activities and learning. Our goal is to provide a framework onto which that learning can be added and applied appropriately. In addition to this weekly conference, bimonthly conferences in the following areas supplement this didactic teaching: sports medicine journal club, conjoint radiology conference, conjoint family medicine conference. In addition, the fellows participate in our yearly Wake Forest Sports Medicine Symposium and the yearly ACC Sports Medicine Conference. Appropriate conferences from the orthopaedic surgery residency program are chosen on an annual basis and fellow attendance at those conferences is expected as well. Fellow attendance at these conferences is required. The teaching staff also attends all conferences and conference teaching is provided at the appropriate level (faculty, fellow, resident, ancillary staff).