The didactic program is organized and directed by Dr. Dubin. All residents assigned to AMC and VAMC meet every Friday afternoon from 12:30-4:00. On the 1st. 2nd and 4th Fridays residents are asked to discuss topics based on readings assigned by Dr. Forrest from the textbooks indicated below. On the 3rd Friday of each month there is Journal Club. It is mandatory that all residents attend this series. The teaching session is organized as follows:
- 1. Basic Science - Dr. Forrest lectures for the first hour each week. He presents three blocks, each for six months. These are Anatomy, Neuroanatomy and Physiology as it applies to rehabilitation. The textbooks used are Functional Anatomy of the Limbs and Back by Hollinshead, Essentials of Clinical Neuroanatomy and Neurophysiology by Gillman and Newman, and The Physiological Basis of Rehabilitation Medicine by Downey et al. The entire course takes 18 months, which means that each resident will review each of the textbooks twice during his/her training.
2. Core Curriculum - An 18 month syllabus of lectures in the second hour is provided by Dr. Dubin, Dr.Forrest, Dr. Cole, Dr. Lore and Dr. Bates. Each week, each of the physicians spends one hour presenting topics from the syllabus. These lectures are correlated with a chapter from the textbook Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation by Randall Braddom. The residents are assigned a chapter to read each week. They are expected to be able to discuss the information in the chapter with the attending.
3. Journal Club and classical articles in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 3rd Friday of the month – VA attendings supervise Journal Club or a discussion/presentation of important articles from the literatures related to the practice of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
4. The Chief Resident arranges a schedule of lectures during the 3rd hour by attending physician, in other disciplines such as orthopedics, rheumatology, radiology, neurology and medicine.
5. Self Assessment - The Chief Resident organizes review of questions from prior self assessment exams on file in the department which occurs during the last hour of the teaching session.
6. Grand Rounds are held on the last Friday of each month.
At AMC the attending physicians meet regularly with the residents to discuss patients seen on consults, and X-ray rounds are held weekly. All clinical activities of the residents are supervised by the faculty. Daily rounds are expected to be interactive and instructive.
The Core Competency lecture series sponsored by the Office of Graduate Medical Education takes place every Monday at noon from September -November. Topics covered include debt and budget management, risk management issues, cultural diversity, managed care, giving bad news, evidence base medicine, and giving feedback.