The objectives of the Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship are to train young orthopaedic surgeons about the intricacies of treating patients with musculoskeletal trauma, especially those that have been critically injured and/or suffered devastating orthopaedic trauma. The intricacies of this include, but are not limited to, how injuries affect the overall well-being of the patient and their subsequent function. Additionally, we hope to stimulate an understanding of how treatment of multiply-injured patients in a critical care setting has varying outcomes and that timing and titration of our interventions are critical in their recovery. We will strive to impart an understanding of how to anticipate and manage complications that may arise in the treatment of traumatic injuries. By encouraging a basic fund of knowledge, imparting several principles of treatment, and honing a special set of surgical skills, we will train the next generation of capable and competent orthopaedic trauma surgeons.
1. Participation in Private Practice
The fellow will be an integral part of the Orthopaedic Trauma Service. He/she will be involved in all aspects of the care of trauma patients admitted to our service. This includes but is not limited to the preoperative evaluation and development of a treatment plan, intraoperative decision making and performance of surgical intervention, and finally, management of the postoperative course. A graduated level of responsibility will ensue as skill sets are mastered and performance levels have been met.
2. Assistance in Surgery
Initially, as the skill set is being determined, the fellow will be assisted by one of the Program Directors. Once competence has been determined, a graduated level of responsibility will be earned to the point of gaining independence in the management of some injuries.
3. Assistance in Clinic
The Orthopaedic Trauma Fellow will be responsible in assisting the Program Directors in their clinic once a week. After the fellow has had time to develop his own patients, he/she will be responsible for following these patients in one of the clinics currently staffed by faculty physicians. Occasionally, the fellow may be called on to assist in the evaluation of patients referred by the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, Tulsa.
4. Hospital Rounds
The fellow will be responsible for postoperative rounds on all patients he/she treats surgically that are admitted to the hospital. He/she will have the assistance of two physician assistants to complete the rounds and will be required to communicate with them regarding who will be doing the appropriate charting.
5. On-Call Responsibilities
The fellow will be licensed and privileged to take call independently for unassigned orthopaedic patients at a frequency to be determined, but not greater than 1 in every 6 nights. The fellow will be available M-F, 7-4 as are the Program Directors for all orthopaedic trauma. Initially, the fellow will be backed up by the Program Directors until such time a level of competence has been determined.
Monday - Meet with Program Directors to review patients admitted from the previous weekend and scheduled elective cases of that week. Participate in surgical cases. Monthly journal club 6:00-7:30 PM.
Tuesday - Available all day for surgery.
Wednesday - Weekly multidisciplinary trauma meeting. Available all day for surgery.
Thursday - Clinic in the morning with Dr. Stafford, afternoon with Dr. Norris.
Friday – Orthopaedic fracture conference. Half day of surgery, half day of research.
Orthopaedic Trauma Fellowship of Oklahoma
2424 E 21st Suite, Suite 320
Tulsa, OK 74114
Phone: +1 (918) 660-2077
Fax: +1 (918) 660-3090
Cell: +1 (918) 261-1339