Didactic education will occur throughout the year in several forms. Four modules of didactic and lab education are set up through the course of the year, each 3 months in duration. The 4 module curriculum includes topics in Spine, Hip / Knee, Shoulder / Upper Extremity and Foot / Ankle / TMJ. During that 3 month time, lectures will be delivered by physical therapists and physicians on topics of anatomy and pathoanatomy, differential diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, radiology findings, and case reports. In addition, clinical lab sessions will be incorporated on evaluation and treatment of various conditions. The resident’s learning is further supplemented with independent study materials, which are assigned with each module. Module Content Outlines serve as a “check off” list of the required didactic components of each module.
The resident will also have access to multiple other educational opportunities, including our annual Pediatric Sports Medicine Physical Therapy Conference, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital’s Sports Medicine Fellowship Grand Rounds, Sports Medicine Journal clubs, OrthoSurg / Radiology Sports Medicine Conference (Quarterly) and Ortho / Sports physical therapy problem conference. These opportunities will be utilized periodically to enhance the resident’s learning experience and also to meet any specific learning needs identified by the resident and mentor.
The sequence of these modules is specifically designed to match the goals of the residency as well as the needs of the patient population of the clinic. The body region focus of the first module is the spine. The rationale for this placement is that the spine is the most common body region of this clinic’s patient population, so the resident will be best prepared to meet the needs of their clinic patient population for the entire year by beginning with the study of the spine. Also, the spine is dominant body region reported in surveys of Orthopaedic specialty practice and fills approximately 45% of questions of the OCS exam. Beginning with the spine allows the resident to have the most remaining time to further develop their skills in this critical area.
The knee is the second most-treated body region in our clinic and is the focus of Module 2. Module 2 includes the study of hip / thigh, which is ideally placed to integrate it with the preceding focus of the spine.
Shoulder / UE in Module 3 which occurs from January – March serves to prepare the resident for the influx of throwing athletes coming into our clinic associated with spring baseball.
Module 4 consists of Ankle / Foot / TMJ and occurs during the remaining track season. It also parallels the clinical increase of patients with running injuries, which seems to occur as the outdoor weather improves. The curriculum component and observations associated with TMJ (Mandibular) dysfunction are less critical to our population and also take place in this final module.