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Fall, 2018

A lot has happened in the department since our last update.

At the 2018 Fischer Owen Resident Research Day in June, we welcomed guest judge Andrew R. Burgess, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the McGovern Medical School in Houston, Texas. He lectured on “Management of High Energy Pelvic Fractures and the Influence of Institutional Dynamics”.

We celebrated the 2018 graduation banquet at the brand new Omni Hotel and passed out awards to the winners of Resident Research Day which included, 1st prize winner, Christian Eccles, MD, for his project, “Skin Fiducial Markers Enable Accurate Computerized Navigation Resection of Simulated Soft Tissue Tumors: A Static Cadaveric Model Pilot Study”, 2nd place winner, Ken MacKinlay, MD for his project, “Vertebral Osteomyelitis Associated with Intravenous Drug Use: An Increasing Medical and Economic Burden” and 3rd place winner, Lauren Fader, MD for “Headless Compression Screw Fixation Supplemented With a Blocking Screw for Proximal Phalanx Fractures: A Biomechanical Study”.

Congratulations to our graduates from 2018 who all passed the ABOS Part I exam. Our Department continues to have a phenomenal ABOS passage rate.

Our PGY-2 residents attended the AO Trauma North America, Basic Principles of Fracture Management course in Louisville, KY in August. One of our own faculty, Jon Carlson, MD, Assistant Professor, also lectured there on screw design and function.

Research in our Department continues to grow:

  • Our Department recently presented 5 papers at the annual meeting of the Kentucky Orthopaedic Society (KOS) in Lexington, Kentucky on September 22, 2018.
    • Kevin Himschoot, MD “Does Timing of Primary Total Hip Arthroplasty Prior to or After Lumbar Spine Fusion Have an Effect on Dislocation and Revision Rates?”
    • Lauren Fader, MD “Headless Compression Screw Fixation Supplemented With a Blocking Screw for Proximal Phalanx Fractures: A Biomechanical Study”
    • Christian Eccles, MD “Skin Fiducial Markers Enable Accurate Computerized Navigation Resection of Simulated Soft Tissue Tumors: A Static Cadaveric Model Pilot Study”
    • Ken MacKinlay, MD “Vertebral Osteomyelitis Associated with Intravenous Drug Use: An Increasing Medical and Economic Burden”
    • Jeeshan Faridi, MD “Does Early (within 48 hours) Versus Late Definitive Fixation of Acetabular Fractures Lead to Differences in Outcomes Including Estimated Blood Loss, Length of Surgery, and Length of Stay?”
  • Lauren Fader, MD, currently a PGY-4, won first place in the resident research paper competition between the Orthopaedic Departments of the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky at the KOS.
  • More congratulations to Lauren Fader, MD whose project, “Tibia Fractures and NSAIDs: Does It Make a Difference? A Multicenter Retrospective Study”, was accepted for presentation at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association (OTA) annual meeting in October.
  • Five of our residents presented their research posters to Research!Louisville on October 10th and Christian Eccles, MD, PGY4, won the Medical Resident Research Award.

The Department once again participated in the American Heart Association Kentuckiana Heart Walk on September 22. Thank you to all who donated, and a special shout out to Drs. Regina and Rolando Puno.

Our Department is hosting the 2nd Annual Musculoskeletal Pathology Review and Update Course on October 26-27, 2018 at The Teaching Innovation Learning Lab (TILL) at Ekstrom Library, Room 302 on Belknap Campus. This 1 ½ days course is led by Rodolfo Zamora, MD, Assistant Professor, and Chief, Orthopaedic Oncology in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Guest faculty from the University of Washington, the University of Texas (Houston) and the Cleveland Clinic will be lecturing on histology, radiology and management of bone and soft tissue tumors.

Our PGY-3 residents will attend the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) shoulder course in Rosemont, IL in November. The course will provide them with superior operative expertise and fine tune their motor skills.

It’s Orthopaedic Surgery residency application season once again. We have received over 600 applications for five PGY-1 spots in 2019. After an initial screening there will be over 380 applications reviewed by our Interview Committee for a possible interview invitation. Invitations for interview will be sent out the week of Thanksgiving. Our interview date is January 11, 2019.

We are looking forward to the 8th annual alumni reception at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in Las Vegas, NV in March.

.We are proud of our staff, residents, faculty and alumni, and all of their success and accomplishments.

Sincerely,

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

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