Residency Program

Teaching Conferences and Schedule

The conference schedule at Yale-New Haven Hospital includes the following:
Core Curriculum: every Wednesday 6:30 to 7:30 A.M.

This conference covers all aspects of the clinical specialties and basic science curriculum in a two-year schedule. This is an interactive format moderated by members of the full-time faculty of the department as well as invited faculty members from other departments. Subjects include anatomy, pathology, biomechanics, biology, physiology, microbiology, metabolic bone disease, orthotics and prosthetics, ethics, pharmacology, biochemistry, diagnostic imaging and research methodology. Each week has a theme for the session and the theme is often continued at the Friday Grand Rounds and Core Curriculum Follow-up Conference.

Subspecialty Conferences:

Each subspecialty service has one or two weekly conferences attended by only those on the service at the time. These are interactive conferences that may include didactic presentations, case discussions, exam question reviews, and other topics.

Grand Rounds: Each Friday, 8 to 9 A.M.

These lectures are presented either by PGY-3, 4, or 5 residents, Yale faculty, or visiting professors. Each resident presents no more than once per year with the majority of presentations provided by faculty and visiting professors. Topics span a wide spectrum of pediatric and adult clinical or research topics.

Clinical Orthopaedic Series: Each Friday, 9 to 10A.M.

This is an alternating sequence of conferences, as follows;

Morbidity and Mortality Conference

First Friday each month. Residents present specific cases to the full-time and clinical faculty that reflect all instances of morbidity or mortality and then concentrate on either quality assurance issues or cases of unusual educational value.

Core Curriculum Follow-up Conference

Second and third Friday each month. These conferences usually follow the topic of the weekly core conferences and often involve case discussions with visiting professors and/or faculty.

Radiology/Pathology Correlation Conference

Fourth Friday each month. Faculty from diagnostic imaging, pathology and orthopaedics present specific cases designed to illustrate the pathophysiology of disease and its correlation to clinical practice. Residents are required to individually describe x-rays and histology as well as comment upon clinical findings and treatment plans. Stress is given to interpretation of histologic material and correlation with a radiologic driven differential diagnosis.


10:00A.M to 12 Noon, 10 sessions March -May each year. Members of the faculty direct a two-year rotating schedule of upper extremity, cervical, thoracic and lumbar spine, and lower extremity anatomy with the use of cadaveric dissections and weekly self assessment quizzes. Prosections are prepared by two selected members of the housestaff in advance of the weekly conference. A final written and practical examination is given at the conclusion of the course.

V.A. Hospital Surgical Conference

Each Monday, 5 to 7 P.M. Residents at the V.A. Hospital present patients being considered for surgical treatment and discuss the current status of inpatients with faculty.

In addition to this routine conference schedule the department sponsors at least three major seminars per year, including:

Southwick Fellowship Lecture

This endowed fellowship is held annually. A distinguished orthopaedic surgeon from outside the Yale community visits with the department for two to three days. There is ample opportunity for informal teaching between the guest professor and the orthopaedic residents.

Sports Medicine Seminar

This seminar is held in the late summer and focuses on the diagnosis, pathophysiology, and treatment of selected sports medicine injuries. Guest professors are invited for this half-day symposium and all faculty, housestaff and students are encouraged to attend.

Disputations Seminar

In the late spring, as the academic year draws to a close, a two day formal program includes the presentation of research by each chief resident and lectures by two or three guest professors. The resident presentations are critiqued by professors and then openly defended by the presenter. There is a strong emphasis on correlating basic science and clinical medicine.

The close of the academic year is also the occasion for three often memorable festive occasions: a private dinner for the graduating chief residents, their immediate families, and the faculty at the Yale Graduate Club; a more open graduation dinner at the Yale Golf Club; and a wide-open Chiefs Dinner, staged entirely by the chiefs and upcoming chiefs and funded by the faculty. At the latter event the entrees are by no means the only things roasted.

Few conflicts exist to prevent housestaff from attending all conferences and all housestaff are free of responsibilities for the entire Friday morning schedule. Faculty attend the major teaching conferences in large numbers and selected faculty are assigned to specialty specific activities.