The Fellow will be exposed to an extremely wide variety of pediatric orthopedic trauma cases due to the diversity of injury patterns and patient population in the State of Mississippi. The Children's Hospital of Mississippi is the only pediatric/children's hospital in Mississippi, and thus all children's trauma is directed to our institution. The Fellow will be involved in the evaluation, decision-making and follow-up of these patients, in addition to managing any complications resulting from the injury or treatment itself. Not only will the Fellow see and treat the most common pediatric orthopedic injuries, both in clinic and in the operating room, but he/she will also gain experience in the treatment of high-energy injuries and multi-trauma in a pediatric setting. At the conclusion of this Fellowship, the Fellow will be well trained and comfortable dealing with all pediatric orthopedic trauma.
Formal Sessions, Classes and Seminars
These may include:
The Fellow will be placed on the pediatric orthopedic call schedule. For the first month of the Fellowship the Fellow will work with a pediatric orthopedic staff surgeon. The Fellow will participate on call one day every four days.
Following this initial month, the Fellow will participate on the call schedule with a staff available for support. This call will be done independently. The Fellow will continue to be on call one day every four days
Gaining skills in research methodology and critical evaluation of the medical literature is an important goal of the fellowship. Each fellow is expected to complete at least one scholarly project during the fellowship. In most cases, this is a research project of the fellow's design, conducted under the guidance of a faculty mentor which culminates in a formal presentation at the end-of year graduation, and, in most cases, submission for peer-reviewed publication. To support these aims, the Orthopaedic Surgery Department employs three full-time research coordinators to assist with study design, IRB approvals, statistical analysis, etc.
Once a month, all of the faculty, research coordinators, fellow(s), and residents working on pediatric orthopaedic research projects meet in person and via a Zoom conference to discuss everyone's projects. We have a master document with deadline dates for each project to keep everyone on task. All projects are housed a REDCap database.