Educational Activities


The University of Michigan residency program maintains a curriculum for teaching residents the basics of orthopaedics in all of the sub-specialty areas. The content is directed by the residency program director and Program Evaluation Committee, which consists of both resident and faculty members. The curriculum lectures are held every other Friday from 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM. These lectures are “protected time.” Residents are required to attend these lectures and are exempt from clinical duties during these lectures unless they are on vacation or have another legitimate excuse. It is expected that over the course of the year, residents will attend greater than 80% of these lectures. Prompt attendance is mandatory.

Teaching conferences include:

  • Bi-weekly subspecialty conferences – Each subspecialty follows a 2 year curriculum. Included throughout the year are special topics such a medicolegal issues, ethics and professionalism, orthotics and prosthetics, geriatric care and billing. These lectures are presented by the Orthopaedic faculty and visiting professors.
  • Grand Rounds - Departmental grand rounds are held each Thursday from 6:30–7:20 am. These conferences include a rotating schedule of resident case presentations, visiting lecturers, faculty presentations, and a monthly morbidity/mortality conference.
  • Anatomy Week – Is held during the second week of the rotations which include cadaver labs to help understand anatomy and the different surgical approaches.
  • Indications conference – Review of all orthopaedic trauma cases held each weekday at 6:30 am except on Thursday it is held at 6:15 am.
  • Each year several specialty conferences with visiting professors are hosted by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Michigan.

Journal Club

Journal club is held on a monthly basis and is designed with the objective of improving the resident’s ability to critically review and apply current literature to their practice. New articles from JBJS as well as classic articles are reviewed by residents followed by staff commentary.