Gain experience with patients who have degenerative, infectious and neoplastic conditions of the spine.
Our spine services rotation will train you to describe and use classifications of spinal deformities and cervical spine fractures. You’ll learn to problem solve in cases of degenerative disc disease and metastatic spine involvement by initiating investigations and recommending treatment plans.
We’ll instruct you on the natural history of a variety of conditions and the expected effectiveness of treatment recommendations.
By the end of our rotation, you should feel comfortable classifying fractures of the thoracic, cervical and lumbar spine using X-rays.
As a resident in our program, you can expect to gain skills in areas including:
With the guidance of our faculty, you’ll learn about fixation of the spine using devices including laminar hooks as well as sublaminar and spinous process wires. We’ll also help you increase your knowledge about the pathogenesis and treatment alternatives for:
Our training will help you enhance your surgical skills in areas such as:
Our curriculum will help you improve your skills in the clinical examination — including neurological and musculoskeletal assessments — of patients with pain in the arms, neck, back and legs as well as patients with spinal deformity.
You’ll deepen your understanding of indications for and complications of:
Our journal club will help you bolster the knowledge you gain during our spine service rotation.
You’ll also have an opportunity to participate in a cadaver lab, where you’ll deepen your understanding about the placement of thoracic and lumbar pedicle screws.
Fourth-year residents: 10 weeks
The patients you see will expose you to spinal pathologies including: