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Vermont Medicine Magazine

DEPARTMENT OF Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation ~
2014 Annual Report

Claude E. Nichols III, M.D., Chair

The Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation has embarked on an evolutionary approach to the Graduate Medical Education Program. There has been significant concern nationally regarding the preparedness of residents to enter practice. In response, the Orthopaedic Surgery residency program at UVM has taken a unique approach. The post-graduate year one (PGY-1) encompasses a focused orthopaedic education, including, but not limited to, basic science, radiology, critical thinking exercises, leadership, simulation, development of technical skills, and teaching in the Vermont Integrated Curriculum. The junior residents (PGY2 and 3) rotate through each subspecialty to prepare them for the increased responsibility in the PGY4 and 5 years. Program Director, S. Elizabeth Ames, M.D., developed this program in conjunction with the ACGME requirements.

The Sports Medicine Research Team, under the direction of Bruce D. Beynnon, Ph.D., McClure Endowed Professor, continues to push the frontiers of knowledge with their work on post-traumatic osteoarthritis after anterior cruciate ligament injuries and on risk factors leading to ACL injuries. Timothy W. Tourville, Ph.D. is working with Michael J. Toth, Ph.D. from the Department of Medicine investigating skeletal muscle dysfunction in the face of acute muscle disuse.

Clinically, the faculty has broadened the scope of activities offered by the department. Concussions and post-concussion syndrome are areas of interest for Raiel D. Barlow, M.D., from the section of Rehabilitation Medicine. A specialty clinic focusing on these potentially devastating traumatic brain injuries has been established. Nathaniel J. Nelms, M.D., has developed a program in the Adult Reconstruction Section that offers the anterior approach to total hip arthroplasty. Data would support decreased length of stay, less post-operative pain, and high patient satisfaction. Jennifer W. Lisle, M.D., a fellowship trained musculoskeletal oncologist, works as part of the UVM Cancer Center, to improve care of patients with musculoskeletal and soft tissue tumors. Craig S. Bartlett, M.D., enhanced his expertise in treating lower extremity deformity by working with experts in South Africa.

James R. Slauterbeck, M.D., presented work on ACL injury prevention at the International Olympic Committee World Conference in Monaco. Professor Emeritus David D. Aronsson, M.D., was appointed to the editorial board of the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American). In addition to the retirement of Dr. Aronsson from the faculty, Thomas K. Kristiansen, M.D. retired from the full-time faculty, but continues to pursue clinical work.

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