Teaching Program

The cornerstone of the teaching program is the close daily contact with the staff in the operating room, on the wards, in conferences, in the outpatient departments, and in the research laboratories. There is a daily comprehensive didactic teaching schedule for residents.

Teaching Conferences

Orthopedic Grand Rounds - Every Thursday at 7:00 a.m.
Includes regular Quality Assurance Conferences, Fracture Conferences, Orthopedic/Rheumatology Rounds, Six Visiting Professor Lecture Series per year

Orthopedic Anatomy - Every Thursday at 7:00 a.m. during the summer

Resident Academic and Basic Science Conferences - Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 6:30 a.m., Fridays at 7:00 a.m.

Journal Club - 1st Monday of each month

Visiting Professors - By invitation

Radiology Conference - Every Monday morning at 6:30 a.m.

Specialty Journal Clubs -

  • Hand - Wednesdays at 12:00 p.m.
  • Spine - Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.
  • Pediatrics - Tuesdays at 12:00 p.m.
  • Total Joints - Wednesdays at 7:30 a.m.

Visiting Professor Lecture Series are held six times per year and have included numerous nationally prominent figures.

The Lecture Series are:

  • John W. Frymoyer Lecture Series
  • Nathaniel Gould Foot and Ankle Lecture Series
  • Joseph S. Barr, MD Visiting Consultant Lecture Series
  • Orthopedics and Rehabilitation Research Day
  • Sports Medicine Lecture Series

The John W. Frymoyer Lecture Series emphasizes the close relationship of clinical and basic science research. The Nathaniel Gould Foot and Ankle Lecture Series focuses on the topics of foot and ankle. Pediatric orthopedics is the scope of the Joseph S. Barr Visiting Consultant Lecture Series. The Sports Medicine Lecture Series rounds out the program.

As part of the Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program, the resident is held responsible for certain aspects of the teaching of his fellow residents, interns, medical students, nurses, and paramedical personnel. There are two-week elective rotations for third year medical students, while fourth year medical students may elect a month's acting internship on orthopedics.


Residents have the opportunity to attend nationally sponsored courses to complement their orthopedic education. PGY-5 residents attend the Orthopedic Research Society and American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons annual meetings, as well as the Maine Orthopedic Review Course. PGY-4 residents attend the University of Florida Orthopedic Pathology Course. The Saint Justine Pediatric Orthopedic Course in Montreal is the selection for the PGY-3 year.The Orthopedic Trauma Association Trauma Course is recommended for the PGY-2 residents. Our residents are encouraged to present their research at scientific meetings.

Orthopedics sites:
Larner College of Medicine at UVM
UVM Medical Center

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