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Dear Friends,
We had our best Resident Graduation Weekend ever on June 13-14, 2014! It included a Research Day with eight scientific research presentations by orthopaedic residents which were judged by an expert panel including visiting research professor, Dr. Todd McKinley, and our own faculty, Dr. Steve Glassman and Dr. Michael Voor. All of the presentations were excellent, and several were even identified as worthy of external grant funding. The first place winner was Dr. Jonathon Spanyer (“Comparison of Intravenous Versus Topical Tranexamic Acid in Total Knee Arthroplasty: A Prospective Randomized Study”); second place went to Dr. Luke Robinson (“The Efficacy of Arthroscopic Teaching Methods”); and the third place winner was Dr. Ron Auer (“The Incidence of Venous Thromboembolism After Fracture of the Tibia: An Analysis of the National Trauma Databank”). Dr. McKinley himself gave a presentation on “Systemic Inflammation and Organ Dysfunction in Multiply Injured Patients with Fractures”, a cutting edgediscussion of the latest development in
the physiology of the multiply injured patient; .
and afterwards, the residents presented
clinical cases to him.

The graduation dinner took place on
Friday, June 13th, at the Galt House.
The first female graduate of our
residency program, Dr. Kay Kirkpatrick,
Co-President of Resurgens Orthopaedics
in Atlanta, Georgia, was the guest speaker.
The final graduation event was night racing at
Churchill Downs enjoyed from the beautiful Jockey Club.

Our in-coming PGY-1 class includes: Dr. Kevin Himschoot from Florida State University, Dr. Thomas Schlierf from Marshall University, and Dr. Ken MacKinlay and Dr. Joey Polio from the University of Louisville. They are an all-star group, and have already gotten off to a great start.

We have made some great improvements in the residency training program. These include 17 surgical skills training modules for interns, 41 resident milestones, and 6 months of PGY-1 year rotations in orthopaedic surgery. We have also reorganized our educational curriculum into an anatomic and subspecialty format.

From the Department’s modest beginnings at Kosair Crippled Children’s Hospital nearly 84 years ago, we are well on our way to a bright future with multiple divisions and endowed Chairs, a top ten residency training program, federal research funding, and regional outreach. In fact, we are making progress towards our vision. The Division of Orthopaedic Traumatology, the first division in our department, was officially launched on July 1, 2014.

We invite you to be part of all that’s happening here.

Craig S. Roberts, MD, MBA
K. Armand Fischer Professor and Chair
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

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