Our program has a large, prominent and diverse faculty that provides a rich environment for both clinical and research experiences. With over 4,500 inpatient procedures performed annually, a database that includes more than 30,000 cases and an academically active faculty, the opportunity for academic development is strong. We also have a well-funded basis science research laboratory with a budget exceeding 4 million dollars per year with substantial focus on total joint arthroplasty and translational research.
The fellows each spend a minimum of two full days per week seeing patients in our private offices and typically three full days in the operating room, directly working with the attending surgeon with whom they are assigned and their clinical support staff including residents, medical students, nurses, physician assistants and medical assistants. We feel that this is a critical part of the educational process ensuring that the fellows learn how to evaluate and treat patients both pre and post-operatively.
A critical mission for our department, as part of a university medical center, is the education of residents in training, medical students and allied health personnel. Fellows interact with all such parties on a daily basis and among their responsibilities is the sharing of their advanced knowledge with other members of the health care team. We have found that the interaction between fellows and residents is particularly strong and rewarding for both parties as the fellows provide a strong knowledge base and given their proximity in age to our residents, an oftentimes comfortable arena to ask questions and gain knowledge.