Orthopedic Surgery Resident Competencies

The Orthopedic Surgery residency program at Henry Ford recognizes the importance of evaluating abilities in six basic competencies. We have approached each competency with specific strategies that progress during the course of the residency.

Medical Knowledge: Aside from the Orthopedic-in-Training Exam, self-help quizzes and divisional oral exams are administered to assess understanding of basic science and clinical concepts and to prepare senior residents for their oral case-based board examinations following graduation.

Patient Care: Our tradition of the “board” provides a 7 a.m. presentation of radiographs on all consults, in-house patients and surgical cases. The board is a unique way to help younger residents hone their organizational and basic clinical skills and keep up with the linear progression of patient assessment and care during a busy service.

Practice-Based Learning and Improvement: We optimize use of the Internet for teaching and acquisition of the latest information for continual practice improvement. Additionally, our intranet allows for storage of patient outcomes for study and for recording of personal achievements to be used in a resident portfolio.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills: We utilize the Bayer course on interpersonal skills recently introduced by the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and measure its impact with Press Ganey patient satisfaction surveys.

Professionalism: Professionalism is emphasized using American Medical Association materials and case examples of professional behavior, as well as the AAOS ethics courses. Senior residents polish their professional skills by delivering case presentations in a teaching format.

Systems-Based Practice: Fourth- and fifth-year residents develop patient care pathways based on the needs of the entire department. This involves interaction with other departments and evaluation of system impediments to change.

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