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Didactic Conferences

Core Curriculum

Wednesday mornings are protected time for the residents to attend didactics from 7am to 12pm.  The curriculum is divided into core block topics including: joint/connective tissue; musculoskeletal; kinesiology; nerve/muscle; oncology; brain injury and stroke; spinal cord injury; cardiopulmonary; pediatrics; industrial medicine; and rehabilitation administration.  Residents are given reading assignments from relevant textbooks and sentinel journal articles to supplement their understanding of the topics lectured.  At the end of each block, the Educational Chief Resident and a selected attending physician facilitate a fun, yet educational “Game Quiz” among the residents with the purpose of reviewing and driving home the salient points from each core topic.  This core lecture series repeats once every 12 months.  Hence, residents are exposed to each core topic three times during the course of their residency.  

Grand Rounds

Included in the didactic conference schedule are the grand rounds lecture series. Attending and resident physicians are responsible for preparing and presenting case oriented lectures on topics within the realm of physical medicine and rehabilitation. Residents typically present one grand rounds per year during their residency. The didactic programs are alternatively located at Magee Rehabilitation Hospital and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Journal Club

Journal Club offers residents and faculty up to date information on current research in physiatry and other fields of medicine pertinent to rehabilitation.  Each resident under the supervision of an faculty attending is required to lead an hour long interactive discussion among residents and faculty that serves to critically analyze the chosen article with respect to methodology, content, results and outcome data.

Anatomy, Kinesiology, and Dissection

For about 8 weeks from July to September, renowned anatomist and electromyographer, Dr. Gerald Herbison, leads an intensive but rewarding 4 hour workshop each Wednesday that demands from each resident the highest command of the upper and lower limb anatomy, kinesiology, and physical diagnosis of the peripheral nervous system.  These lectures are supplemented with lab dissection sessions, where residents, in small teams, are responsible for presenting the anatomical relationships of the musculoskeletal and neurological systems. Clinical and electrodiagnostic correlations are discussed throughout the lecture and lab sessions.  In addition, each fall, Dr. Schneck at Temple runs a neuroanatomy review course for the PGY-3 and PGY-4's.

Electrodiagnostic Workshops

Jefferson residents are expected to be technically proficient in performing electrodiagnostic studies prior to beginning their EMG rotations.  Hence, from October to January, residents gather in small groups, each facilitated by an attending physician to review basic nerve conduction techniques and placement of needle electrodes for the major muscles in the upper and lower extremities. This affords the opportunity for senior residents to hone in their electrodiagnostic skills, while ensuring that the junior residents become comfortable with performing nerve conduction studies and needle electromyography.  

Orthotics/Gait, Prosthetics, and Electrodiagnosis Inter-City Courses

The residency is fortunate to be situated in Philadelphia, a nationally recognized region of rehabilitation training. The city's residency programs, including Jefferson's, cooperate in presenting in-depth courses dedicated to orthotics and gait, prosthetics, and electrodiagnosis. Each course runs approximately two to three days. Residents are excused from clinical responsibility and granted educational leave to attend. Each resident is granted attendance to each of these courses during two out of their three residency training years.

Department-Sponsored Professional Conferences

Residents are encouraged to attend annual meetings of professional organizations, such as the annual meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and The Association of Academic Physiatrists. Travel expenses for these conferences will be defrayed through departmental funding. Additional financial support will be provided for residents who have presentations accepted for these meetings.  Please refer to our research section to peruse through the posters, oral presentations, and papers made by Jefferson residents at these societies’ annual meetings.
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