Residency: Conferences Core Curriculum

Grand Rounds and Core Curriculum (every Wednesday, 6:30-11am [excluding 1st of the month])

During the academic year (Sept.-Jun.), grand rounds are held every Wednesday morning. Residents, attendings, community surgeons, and visiting professors are invited to discuss topics and the forefront of orthopaedic surgery, including clinical advances, basic science research, and ethical, legal, and economic issues pertaining to orthopaedics. Some visiting professors from 2022-23 season include Michelle Ghert MD, Edward Harvey HBSc, MDCM, MSc, FRCSC, Alan Getgood MD, FRCS, DipSEM, Adam Ferguson PhD, Jeffrey Katz, MD, MSc - and others!

Prior to grand rounds at 6:30am, there are case conferences and discussions with visiting professors; and other educational reviews and opportunities.

After grand rounds, until 11am residents attend core curriculum. Core curriculum consists of lectures from each sub-specialty presented by various faculty. Each sub-specialty has 3 days of lectures, and on the first Wednesday of the month there is a surgical skills lab with the corresponding sub-specialty. The visiting professor from grand rounds will speak as well directly to the residents.


The annual anatomy curriculum takes place during the months of July and August. Every Tuesday, the chief residents coordinate anatomy review sessions on a selected anatomic region. Prosections and fresh-frozen specimens are available for dissection and review of physical exam skills, anatomy and surgical approaches. The following Wednesday, both residents and attendings instruct on basic physical exam skills and anatomy.

Resident Research Day / Inman Abbott

The annual LeRoy C. Abbott Scientific Program and Verne T. Inman Lectureship brings together members of the Abbott Society and faculty and residents of the UCSF Department of Orthopaedics in a collaborative presentation of recent advances and updates in the field of orthopaedics. Each year, two visiting professors are invited as guest speakers. Residents have the opportunity to present their research to the visiting professors. Awards are given for the best research projects and presentations manuscript.

Sub-specialty Conferences and Workshops

Each sub-specialty has weekly conferences where cases are presented and discussed. Residents have various opportunities to attend national conferences. This is dependent on one's research and PGY level for each conference.

Updated July 2023.