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Introduction

The University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides each resident with the opportunity to gain a well-rounded education and surgical training in the fundamentals of the science and the art of orthopaedic surgery, from which he/she should be able to carry on continued learning for the remainder of his/her professional career. The University of Tennessee Health Science Center-Campbell Clinic Department of Orthopaedic Surgery has worked to further advance its objectives of excellence in patient care, education and research. Progress and growth have occurred in each of these areas. The objectives of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery of the University are to provide the medical and administrative personnel, physical facilities and financial support necessary for (a) teaching related to diseases and injuries of the musculoskeletal system, (b) patient care, and (c) research.

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is designed to obtain a careful balance between academic theoretical learning and practical experience to provide a resident with education and experience and graduated exposure to surgical techniques through a system of categorical orthopaedic rotations. Research opportunity is available and encouraged. All residents participate in clinical research and those so inclined are involved in laboratory research projects. The program designs its patient service, teaching and research to expose the student and resident to a wide variety of orthopaedic problems. By continual critical review of all parts of the program and by frequent change, we attempt to provide an environment conducive to learning and one which encourages the highly motivated, inquisitive and responsible trainee to attain maximum creativity and productivity as he/she strives toward excellence. The prime goal of this program is the teaching of exemplary patient care. To this end, the selection and development of the professional staff is of prime importance.

It is the department's belief that the residency years are an extension of the educational process rather than an "apprenticeship." The following concepts are therefore emphasized: educational balance, a strong basic science foundation, continuity of patient care, close faculty participation in all phases of the learning process, and an emphasis on the "why" as well as the "how" of orthopaedic surgery. Since a complete operative experience is impossible in any orthopaedic residency, an understanding of anatomy, biology and pathology of the musculoskeletal system is essential for the continued development of surgical skills after completion years. Stated another way, if one understands basic principles (the "why"), he will find his own methods. Therefore, an effort is made to relate clinical problems to basic science precepts.

The resident is involved in the teaching process at various times during all five years (such as lectures, laboratory demonstrations, etc.). This provides the resident with an opportunity to develop and test his or her teaching skills. Since teaching compels learning, this opportunity provides an important adjunct to the resident's educational experiences.

It is especially clear in orthopaedic surgery that therapeutic effectiveness often can be evaluated only in the light of long-term results. Therefore, patients are followed for long period, of time, even after treatment is completed, to provide the opportunity for long-term evaluation of different forms of therapy.

This program designs its patient service, teaching, and research to expose the student and resident to a wide variety of orthopaedic problems. By continual critical review of all parts of the program and by frequent change, we attempt to provide an environment conducive to learning and one that encourages the highly motivated, inquisitive and responsible trainee to attain maximal creativity and productivity as he/she strives to become an excellent orthopaedic surgeon. The prime goal of the program is the teaching of exemplary patient care.

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Department of
Orthopaedic Surgery

1211 Union Ave. Suite 520
Memphis, TN 38104
Becky Adams
Phone: 901-448-5880
Fax: 901-448-3208
Email: badams@uthsc.edu

Campbell Foundation Education Office
1211 Union Ave Suite 510
Memphis, TN 38104

Resident Program

Susan Coffill
Education Coordinator
Phone: 901-759-3275
Email: scoffill@uthsc.edu

Fellowship Program

Rosemary Graham
Education Coordinator
Phone: 901-759-3274
Email: rgraham5@uthsc.edu