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The Role of Athletic Event Coverage in Orthopaedic Residency Training

A National Survey of Residency Program Directors

Miller, Daniel J., MD; Trofa, David P., MD; Parisien, Robert L., MD; Noback, Peter C., BA; Lynch, T. Sean, MD; Popkin, Charles A., MD; Jobin, Charles M., MD; Levine, William N., MD; Ahmad, Christopher S., MD

JAAOS - Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons: May 15, 2019 - Volume 27 - Issue 10 - p 365–369
doi: 10.5435/JAAOS-D-18-00005
Research Article
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Introduction: No Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education guidelines exist regarding athletic event coverage by orthopaedic residents. This study assesses the availability and characteristics of event coverage opportunities in residency programs.

Methods: An anonymous web-based survey assessing resident athletic event coverage opportunities was distributed to members (n = 158) of the American Orthopaedic Association's Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors.

Results: The survey response rate was 39% (n = 62). Most of the programs (76%) offer athletic event coverage opportunities for residents, most (54%) of which are optional. Of the programs with coverage opportunities, 34 (74%) have a teaching curriculum and 10 (22%) report that residents are always under the direct supervision of an attending orthopaedic surgeon. Thirty programs (64%) count the time spent at athletic events toward duty hours.

Discussion: A comprehensive and uniform resident experience for athletic event coverage does not exist. This finding may represent an area of deficiency in orthopaedic training requiring enhanced national standards.

From the Department of Orthopaedics, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY (Dr. Trofa, Mr. Noback, Dr. Lynch, Dr. Popkin, Dr. Jobin, Dr. Levine, and Dr. Ahmad), the Department of Orthopaedics, Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare, Saint Paul, MN (Dr. Miller), and the Department of Orthopaedics, Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA (Dr. Parisien).

Correspondence to Dr. Trofa: davidtrofa@gmail.com

Dr. Miller or an immediate family member serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America. Dr. Lynch or an immediate family member serves as a paid consultant to Smith & Nephew. Dr. Jobin or an immediate family member is a member of a speakers' bureau or has made paid presentations on behalf of Acumed, Tornier, and Zimmer Biomet; serves as a paid consultant to Acumed, DePuy, Wright Medical Technology, and Zimmer Biomet; and serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. Dr. Levine or an immediate family member serves as an unpaid consultant to Zimmer Biomet and serves as a board member, owner, officer, or committee member of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons. Dr. Ahmad or an immediate family member has received royalties from Arthrex; serves as a paid consultant to Arthrex; has stock or stock options held in At Peak; and has received research or institutional support from Arthrex, Major League Baseball, and Stryker. None of the following authors or any immediate family member has received anything of value from or has stock or stock options held in a commercial company or institution related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article: Dr. Trofa, Dr. Parisien, Mr. Noback, and Dr. Popkin.

© 2019 by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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