This one week seminar is an immersion experience in basic musculoskeletal pathology, correlated with radiographic and imaging staging techniques, histologic diagnosis, and principles of treatment covering the gamut of musculoskeletal lesions.
Each day begins with a key presentation followed by a morning session concerning specific subjects taught by case presentation that includes microscopic study of the pertinent histologic slides and interactive computer assisted instruction. Experienced musculoskeletal pathologists and orthopaedic surgeons are available for individual instruction throughout these sessions. Discussion cases are available for study during the session and an interactive discussion between faculty and participants focused on the treatment of the subjects under consideration concludes the session.
During the lengthy noon break, the clinical data and histologic slides on the day's unknown cases are available for participant study.
The afternoon session is a duplicate of the morning session; presentation of case materials, histologic slides, and computer assisted instruction of the subjects under consideration, followed by discussion of the treatment focused discussion cases. The day concludes with an interactive discussion between participants and instructors concerning the diagnosis and management of the day's unknowns.
A detailed syllabus is provided to each participant to obviate the need for exhaustive note taking and to allow pre-session reading on the content of the session. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop computer as they will be provided with a CD-ROM disc that contains data on more than 2000 additional cases, 2200 radiographic and pathologic images, and self evaluation exercises on both the topics covered during the seminar but others, as well, that can be studied during free time.
During the final session on Friday afternoon, teams of three participants review the clinical, radiographic, and pathologic data on diverse unknown cases recording their diagnosis and preferred treatment. The cases are then discussed by the faculty; self scored by the participants. The team participants scoring the highest number of points will receive plagues commemorating their effort during the Awards Banquet on Friday evening. In addition, a certificate for one tuition-free scholoarship for a future participant will be awarded the winning team to take to their institution. The location and time for the Awards Banquet TBA.
These seminars have been conducted annually by the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation at the University of Florida for the past forty-five years. The educational techniques employed have evolved from this experience of interaction with over four thousand residents.
For evaluations of past seminars, see excerpts of responses from the participants and their programs.