Our Residents have 2 month long rotations 6 times per year. We have dedicated 3-hour educational sessions every  Thursday morning and follow a reading schedule and year-long OrthoBullets study plan. In addition, journal club is held once per month during the Thursday dedicated educational session as well as once per month during respective rotations. Additionally, educational conferences and small group discussions are held weekly on respective services described below.

Our Residents supplement their education by attending national training conferences such as the AO Basic course, AANA arthroscopy course, Miller Review Course, and the AAOS Annual Meeting.

Core Curriculum
Training Sites
CORE Reading Schedule
Conferences Attended







1 month - General Trauma
1 month - Radiology
1 month - Ortho Surgical Skills
1 month – Anesthesia

2 months - Plastics
2 months - Pediatrics
2 months - Community Orthopedics                         @ Newark Beth Israel
2 months – Ortho Trauma

PGY – 2

2 months – Orthopaedic Oncology
2 months – Ortho Trauma
2 months – Hand
2 months – Community Orthopaedics                    @ Veteran Affairs Hospital
4 months – Community Orthopaedics                    @ Overlook Hospital

PGY – 3

2 months – Ortho Trauma
2 months – Research
2 months – Foot & Ankle
2 months – Joints / Sports
2 months - Community Orthopaedics                    @ Overlook Hospital
2 months - Community Orthopaedics                    @ Hackensack Medical Center

PGY – 4

2 months - Community Orthopaedics                    @ Newark Beth Israel
2 months – Ortho Trauma
2 months – Orthopaedic Oncology
2 months – Joints / Sports
2 months – Spine
2 months – Pediatrics

PGY – 5

2 months – Community Orthopaedics                           @ Veteran Affairs Hospital
2 months – Hand
2 months - Elective
2 months - Community Orthopaedics                           @ Hackensack Medical Center
2 months – Adult Joint / Hip Reconstruction               @ Staten Island University Hospital



Orthopaedic Trauma Conference
Every weekday morning from 6:45am-7:30am residents meet with the on-call attendings to present patients and review imaging from consults during the previous day.

Orthopaedic Oncology – Tumor Conference
A multidisciplinary tumor conference, consisting of musculoskeletal radiologists, pathologists, and orthopaedic oncologists is held every Thursday from 3:30 -4:30pm, during which patients’ history, imaging studies, and pathology slides are reviewed and discussed, and complex treatment regimens are planned.

Pediatric Orthopaedic Conference
Every Tuesday and Wednesday, the pediatric team and rotating students, as well as the spine/peds/call resident will gather over breakfast for an informal, but in-depth discussion of a pediatric orthopaedic topic of choice based on reading from Lovell & Winter Pediatric Orthopaedic Textbook.

Hand Orthopaedic Conferences
On Mondays the Hand team meets for Journal Club with the hand fellow to review required journals. On Wednesdays they gather for Pre-op/Post-op Conference. And every  Thursday Afternoon there is a discussion of hand anatomy with Junior Resident

Spine Orthopaedic Conferences
The spine team meets Mondays to review in-training exam topics from the spine section out of OKU such as Cervical trauma, Thoracolumbar trauma, Cervical Degenerative Disease, Lumbar degenerative disease, Lumbar spondylolisthesis, Spine Infections. In addition, Journal Club is held Fridays.

Foot and Ankle Orthopaedic Conferences
Preop and post op conferences are held Thursdays during which residents transition from junior residents to senior residents and discuss not only the anatomy and approaches during surgery, but the instruments and implants required. Residents will call the implant rep prior to surgery as well.

Orthopaedic Total Joints
During the Total Joint rotation at Staten Island University Hospital, residents will go over joint templating with Dr Drucker in preparation for upcoming cases.

Orthopaedic Sports Conference
Small group discussions held every Wednesday morning following morning report covering topics from rotator cuff tears and ACL reconstruction to shoulder arthroplasty.

VA Indications Conference
Department conference every Monday morning reviewing postoperative patients and preoperative candidates.

Overlook Hospital Conference
Held once a month on the last Wednesday of the month during which the residents will present on a topic of interest to local staff attendings.

Hackensack Conference
Small group discussion held weekly with Dr Kelly at Hackensack hospital on resident topic of interest.