1. Learn Essentials of Problem-Focused History & Physical Examination.
2. Learn Principles of Interpreting Plain Radiographs of Spine & Lower Extremities.
3. Recognize Differential Diagnosis of Lower Extremity Pain: Spine vs. Hip & Knee origin.
4. Demonstrate NON-OPERATIVE SKILLS:
- Splint & Brace Prescription
- Cast Application
- Joint Aspiration / Injection
- Dislocated Total Hip Reduction
5. Demonstrate BASIC OPERATING SKILLS:
- Patient Positioning for Total Joint Replacement
- Preparation & Draping of Patient
- Assisting with Retractors, Lights, & Maintaining Blood-Free Field
- Layered Closure
- Placement of Suction Drains
- Placement of Arthroscopic Portals
- Surgical Technique for Core Decompression
- Exposure Techniques of Primary Total Joint Replacement
6. Demonstrate POST-OPERATIVE CARE:
- Wound Care
- Antibiotic Prophylaxis
- Anticoagulation Management
- Pain Management
- Discharge Planning
7. Consistently Mark Patients with initials prior to surgery & drape initials into the surgical field.
8. Consistently Perform Surgical Time-out prior to incision.
9. Report Medical Errors to attending surgeon when recognized.
10. Notify Attending in a timely way of all Deviations from standard expected Post-Operative Course.
11. Organize & Supervise medical students & paramedical staff in Daily Care of Service Patients.
12. Effectively Triage Patients seen in Emergency Department.