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Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) UPDATE 2015

By Lee Vander Lugt, DO, FAOAO
AOAO Executive Director

On June 26 and 27, Tom Baker, DO, Program Director at Doctors’ Hospital in Columbus, OH, and I attended the Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) conference in Providence, RI.  Carlos Lavernia, MD, Program Director at Larkin Community Hospital in South Miami, FL was also in attendance.

The CORD was formed in 2009 by the American Orthopaedic Association’s Leadership Committee in order to provide a forum for leaders of orthopedic programs to exchange best practices, tools, and ideas about resident education.  Membership is at the institutional level.  Department Chairs, program directors, residency directors and residency coordinators from member institutions serve on committees, create tools and best practices and develop educational programming.
Dr. Baker has been appointed to serve on the Program Planning Committee and is taking a very proactive role in this new position. CORD is very interested in all osteopathic programs joining the Council.
During the two-day meeting, symposium presentations included:

  • How to Provide Better Feedback
  • Successfully Managing the Under Educator
  • Subspecialty Tracking in Residency Training: Progress or problematic
  • Resident Selection

Other topics for discussion included:

  • Building a Successful Orthopedic Curriculum
  • Core Competency Innovation
  • Success with Surgical Skills Training
  • Surgical Skills and Intern Boot Camp
  • Incorporating Quality Improvement in Residency Training

The CORD conference is a great forum to interact with the most influential individuals in orthopedic residency training.  I found it interesting that during some of my discussions at the round tables, the osteopathic model of training “general” orthopedists first and then selecting a fellowship for specialty training was looked at with great enthusiasm.

Program directors: please approach your institutions and encourage them to become members of this very important organization.

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