Shoulder / Elbow

At the conclusion of the residency rotation on this service, the graduate is expected to be proficient in the management of shoulder and elbow conditions problems in the general practice of orthopaedics. It is important to recognize that competency as a physician extends beyond medical knowledge and direct patient care. Therefore, evaluations for the Shoulder and Elbow Service will include not only these competencies, but also demonstration of abilities in medical knowledge and patient care, interpersonal and communication skills, professionalism, practice-based learning and improvement, and systems-based practice.

The goal of the Shoulder and Elbow Service is to provide the resident with a comprehensive learning experience that maximizes the opportunity to understand, evaluate, and treat orthopaedic shoulder and elbow injuries. This is achieved by combining a structured study program that utilizes an extensive recommended reading list with clinical experience that has an appropriate balance between office evaluation and surgical treatment of shoulder and elbow injuries. Junior and senior level residents rotate through the Shoulder and Elbow Service for three-month blocks and assume responsibility based upon demonstrated knowledge, previous experience, and clinical skills.

It is recognized that advanced competence in shoulder and elbow surgery implies an additional year of specialized training. The objectives of shoulder and elbow training in this orthopaedic training program are two-fold: 1) preparation of resident for such specialized training; and 2) clinical competence in common community shoulder and elbow procedures.