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June, 2015

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Three superb Chief Residents graduated in June. Dr. Ron Auer will be going into a great private practice in Madison, Indiana; Dr. Lonnie Douglas will be starting a sports medicine fellowship at the American Sports Medicine Institute under Dr. James Andrews; and Dr. Luke Robinson will be starting a hand fellowship at Thomas Jefferson under Dr. Lee Osterman. All of these individuals have performed superbly and continue to make us proud every day.

We successfully matched four outstanding PGY-1 residents who will be starting with us on July 1st: Dr. Christian Eccles (Texas Tech University), Dr. Laura Fader (University of Cincinnati), Dr. Jeeshan Faridi (Virginia Tech Carilion), and Dr. Thomas Hsing (University of Oklahoma). Not only will they go through orientation programs and processes, they will go through 18 surgical skills modules conducted by our faculty on topics from casting to compartment syndrome.

Our fifth annual graduation weekend took place June 5-6, 2015. Friday morning featured resident research presentations in a competition with three esteemed research judges:.
Dr. Shep Hurwitz, Executive Director of the American
Board of Orthopaedic Surgery; our own Dr. Michael
Voor, Associate Professor of Orthopedic Surgery;
and Dr. John Nyland, Professor and Athletic
Training Program Director at Spalding University.
Residents competed for three research awards.
First place went to Dr. Drew Harston for his
presentation, “Off the Cuff: Analysis of Intraoperative
Moisture Under the Edge of Surgeons’ Gloves”. Second
place went to Dr. Lonnie Douglas for “Osteoconductive
Cement Augmentation of Cancellous Bone Screws”, and third place went to Dr. Tom Falls for “Long Term Outcomes of Total Hip Arthroplasty (THA) in Morbidly Obese Patients”. After the research competition, Dr. Hurwitz gave a presentation entitled “Caveman Orthopaedics: Experts in Orthopaedic Training and Practice” followed by case presentations with the residents. The resident graduation dinner was held Friday evening at the Galt House. Saturday featured a day at Churchill Downs with the Belmont Stakes race as the culmination of the day.

Here are some other Departmental newsworthy events. An Arthroscopy Boot Camp was conducted on Saturday, May 30, 2015 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Hands-on instruction in psychomotor skills and “tips and tricks” in knee and shoulder arthroscopy were the focus. Dr. David Caborn, Dr. Joe Greene, Dr. Kevin Herrald, Dr. Ed Tillett, Dr. Jiyao Zou, and myself led the small group instruction. It was a great success and will likely be continued next year.

On May 8, 2015 the inaugural O. J. Hurt, MD Lectureship featured Dr. Susan Scherl from Omaha, Nebraska, who gave a Grand Rounds presentation on “Femur Fractures”, and then discussed case presentations with our orthopaedic residents.

Later that evening, we presented an orthopaedic award for the third consecutive year at the University of Louisville School of Medicine Senior Honors Convocation for graduating medical students. The award goes to the fourth-year medical student who demonstrates the integrity, professionalism, and clinical excellence that Dr. O. J. Hurt exemplified. This year’s O. J. Hurt, MD Award went to Dr. Erin Adams.

That’s all the news for now. These are just a few more reasons why we invite you to be a 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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