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Educational Goals

Our goal is train successful, competent, and caring orthopaedic surgeons who have a solid foundation of orthopaedic knowledge and can critically assess literature in the field of orthopaedic surgery. The University of California San Diego Healthcare system is based out of two main hospitals: UCSD Hillcrest (Level 1 trauma center) and Jacobs Medical Center (recent addition to former Thornton Hospital). In addition to these two sites, residents also rotate at Rady Childrens Hospital, VA Medical Center, Balboa Navy Medical Center, Kaiser, and private community hospitals. Many of our rotations allow for a one-on-one mentorship. During these rotations, residents work with closely with faculty on a daily basis, both in the OR and in clinic. Resident education is supported by a strong didactic program that includes a comprehensive core curriculum rotating every 2 years, weekly grand rounds, a monthly journal club, a monthly morbidity and mortality conference, anatomy, and numerous subspecialty conferences.

Emphasis in clinical training is placed on giving each resident progressive responsibility to complete residency being able to make appropriate clinical decisions, build a foundation of sound principles, and to perform an extensive variety of orthopaedic procedures. Responsibility progresses with increasing knowledge and skill level with the support from faculty.

A didactic curriculum for basic and clinical sciences is taught by the faculty with an emphasis on resident participation. Grand rounds and teaching sessions are conducted each Wednesday from 7 am to noon. Additional teaching sessions occur in each subspecialty, as well as in subjects such as pathology, anatomy, and OITE review occur throughout the year. In addition, every subspecialty also has its own teaching conferences.

UCSD has a year dedicated to research, which is the year after internship. During this year, you have the opportunity to work with outstanding research faculty in a field of your choosing. Labs include (not limited to) muscle physiology, cartilage, nerves/ nerve regeneration, clinical outcomes, and epidemiology, There is a weekly research conference attended by all researchers. Most labs are located in the new Altman Clinical Translational Research Institute, on the La Jolla campus, immediately adjacent to the hospital. This year has been mandatory to date, but phasing to an optional year.