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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine



Orthopaedic surgery demands good technical skills, but just as important, if not ever more so, is to know when it is appropriate to take a patient to the operating room. For this reason we place great importance on weekly didactics and have a thorough lecture schedule that covers important topics every resident should know for their own practice, as well as preparation for the in-training exam (OITE) and the boards following residency.

Journal club occurs once a month and is led by our Chairman Emeritus, Dr. Stanley L. Gordon, who is the past editor-in-chief of Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research (CORR). Residents discuss recent articles from the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS) and comment on the clinical implications of the research, the study design, and statistical evidence underpinning the study's conclusions. Dr. Gordon provides invaluable insight into the changes that have occurred in orthopaedic indications over the past decades which helps put current research and clinical controversies in context.

Our core lecture series is designed to prepare residents for their written and oral exams. We coordinate with the departments of Pathology and Radiology to give residents a complete understanding of all aspects of musculoskeletal care.

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