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Program Curriculum

The program is currently aligned with three of the Army’s Orthopedic Surgery Residency programs at the following locations: Brooke Army Medical Center, Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Madigan Army Medical Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; and William Beaumont Army Medical Center, Fort Bliss, Texas. This program is an expanded version of the previous 12-month certificate residency. It was extended to an 18-month program due to increased roles and responsibilities of Physician Assistants as well as the requirement to expand and provide more capability to orthopedic and rehabilitative research initiatives supporting service members injured during deployments.

Didactic Instruction

  1. Biomechanics of Fractures and Fixation and Classification of Fractures
  2. The Multiply Injured Patient with Musculoskeletal Injuries and Epidemiology of Fractures
  3. Non-operative Fracture Treatment
  4. Principles of Internal Fixation and External Fixation
  5. Bone and Joint Healing, Open Fractures, Vascular Injuries and Compartment Syndromes
  6. Penetrating Trauma and Bone and Soft Tissue Reconstruction
  7. War Wounds, Limb Salvage, Traumatic Amputations, Pathologic and Periprosthetic Fractures
  8. Complications of Injury to the Musculoskeletal System,
  9. Fractures and Dislocations of the Hand and Wrist
  10. Fractures of the Distal Radius and Shafts of the Radius and Ulna
  11. Fractures and Dislocations of the Elbow and Distal Humerus
  12. Subluxations/Dislocations in the Glenohumeral, Acromioclavicular and Sternoclavicular Joints
  13. Fractures of the Shaft and Proximal of the Humerus
  14. Fractures of the Clavicle and Scapula
  15. Fractures of the Pelvic Ring and Acetabulum
  16. Hip Dislocations and Fractures of the Head and Neck of the Femur and Intertrochateric Fractures
  17. Subtrochanteric and Shaft Fractures of the Femur
  18. Fractures of the Proximal Tibia and Fibula and Patella
  19. Injuries of the Knee and Fractures of the Tibia and Fibula
  20. Fractures of the Ankle and Talus
  21. Fractures and Dislocations of the Calcaneus, Midfoot and Forefoot
  22. Articular Cartilage Injuries of the Knee
  23. Anterior Knee Pain and Patellofemoral Joint Instability
  24. Genetics I and II, Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip (DDH), Legg-Calve-Perthes Disease and Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE)
  25. Orthopaedic Surgery in the Immunocompromised Patient
  26. Osteoarthritis (Introduction to General Orthopaedics)
  27. Benign Bone Tumors
  28. Prioritization and Management of the Polytrauma Patient
  29. Ligamentous Injuries of the Foot and Ankle
  30. Knee Ligament Injuries, Epidemiology, Mechanism, Diagnosis, and Natural History and Meniscal Injuries
  31. Diagnosis and Management of Musculoskeletal Infection
  32. Overview of Arthritis
  33. Pathophysiology of Bone Tumors
  34. Orthopaedic Sports Medicine (Upper Extremity Nerve Compression and Injury)
  35. Spinal Pain
  36. General Overview of Orthopaedic Sports Medicine

Clinical Rotations

  1. Foot and Ankle
  2. Orthopaedic Spine
  3. Pediatrics
  4. Joint Reconstruction
  5. Hand and Wrist
  6. Musuloskeletal Oncology
  7. Clinical Research
  8. Sports Rotation
  9. Trauma Rotation
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