The curriculum includes broad-based exposure to all aspects of pediatric orthopedics, including: Amputations and prosthetics; cerebral palsy; genetics; growth and development problems; hip, knee and foot deformities; limb length discrepancies; metabolic diseases; musculoskeletal infectious processes; neuromuscular disease; non-malignant neoplastic diseases; spinal disorders, upper extremity disorders; and trauma.
Occasionally, the pediatric orthopedic fellow will be asked to take call, both in-hospital and home call when needed, such as for resident vacations, OITE, etc.
The fellow will take one weekend call unit (Saturday and Sunday) per month and may be asked to take in-house call during weeks in which a resident is on vacation or is out for an excused absence.
The fellow acts as junior staff with first contact to patients in all areas except the operative suites. The fellow evaluates and constructs management plans which are presented to orthopedic staff. Supervision occurs in all areas either directly or indirectly except for the operative suites. In surgery, there is always direct, hands-on supervision for patient safety as well as for instruction in surgical skill attainment requisite for development of a practicing pediatric orthopedic surgeon. The fellow may act as a mentor and educational resource for orthopedic residents in all areas outside of the operating theaters.