Didactic Education Program

The Didactic Education Program designed to cover all aspects of orthopaedic surgery.

Departmental Education Activities:

Wednesday Morning Conference (7:00 a.m.):

  • 1st Wednesday—Orthopaedic Grand Rounds
  • 2nd Wednesday—Matrix Improvement Conference
  • 3rd Wednesday—Morbidity and Mortality
  • 4th Wednesday—Radiology/Ortho Joint Conference

Core Curriculum / Surgical Skills / Anatomy / Journal Club Fridays 7:00–10:00 a.m.


Grand Rounds: The monthly Grand Rounds conferences are presented by departmental faculty or by visiting faculty from institutions throughout the United States. This lecture series is designed to present important contemporary material. Residents are not in the OR during this conference.

Service Educational Activities


  • Trauma Pass-On Rounds, daily, 6:30–7:30 a.m.
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Case Review, Tuesdays, 7:00–8:30 a.m.
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Didactic Teaching & Walk Rounds, Thursday, 7:00–8:00 a.m.

Fracture Conference is a case-based conference as well as a quality improvement review of all trauma cases.


  • Didactics, Mondays, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • Arthroplasty Conference, Thursday, 7:00 a.m.

Arthroplasty Conference (Monday, 7:00 a.m.) is a case-based conference as well as a forum for practice with the oral examination format.


  • Spine Conference, Wednesday, 7:00–8:00 a.m.

Wednesday Morning Spine Conference is a case-based conference covering all aspects of spinal care.

Foot & Ankle

Foot & Ankle Conference, Mondays, 12:00–1:00 p.m.


  • Hand Surgery Teaching Conference, Monday, 5:00–6:00 p.m.
  • AAOS Core Curriculum presentations Hand Surgery, Thursday, 5:00 p.m.


  • Oncology lecture, 1st Monday, 5:30–6:30 p.m.


  • Sports Lectures, Thursday, 7:00 a.m.

In addition, there are a number of special lectures throughout the year that bring internationally renowned speakers to the Department of Surgery, as well as a wide range of conferences held for all residents in the institution. All residents take the Orthopaedic Surgery In-Training Examination every year. In addition, residents are given opportunities for practice oral examinations. All residents receive the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course.

Other Features of the Educational Program

The Department of Surgery has recently opened a Surgical Simulator Laboratory with advanced computerized simulators for arthroscopic surgery. Residents spend time in the facility under the guidance of faculty members. This laboratory is part of our sports medicine curriculum, designed to provide all residents with an appropriate experience in a wide range of arthroscopic procedures.

All clinical rotations are accompanied by corresponding outpatient experiences, to enable the resident to be involved in the preoperative and postoperative phases of patient care. All outpatient experiences are supervised by faculty.

Research is strongly nurtured and is fully supported. Research is conducted under the guidance of a member of the faculty and can include basic science research, clinical research, or a combination of these. The selection of a research program and mentor is made by the resident with faculty guidance. Residents are encouraged to present their work at major scientific meetings. Such presentations are fully supported by the institution.

Have Questions or Need Help?

Contact us if you have questions or would like to learn more about the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program at Cedars-Sinai.

Cedars-Sinai Orthopaedics
444 S. San Vicente Blvd., Suite 603
Los Angeles, CA 90048

Fax: 310-861-1111