Rotation Specific Objectives - Sports Medicine


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  • The following document is intended to guide you in some of the specific knowledge and skills you should develop on this rotation. This document is intended to augment but not replace the “Objectives of Training and Specialty Training Requirements in Orthopedic Surgery” and the “Specific Standards of Accreditation for Residency Programs in Orthopedic Surgery”. A copy of these documents is supplied in your residency handbook and is also available on the Royal College website.
  • The resident is expected to be able to describe the rotation specific objectives prior to or at the commencement of the rotation.
  • It is understood that a residency in Orthopaedics is a continuum. Senior residents will be able to meet the same objectives as junior residents as well as the senior objectives.




At the conclusion of residency, the resident should meet all of the following objectives in spite of variations in rotation durations and resident exposure.


1.1. Cognitive & Diagnostic

1.1.1.   Junior Resident       Understand the anatomy and pathophysiology of acute and chronic Soft Tissue Injury:           Rotator Cuff and Elbow Tendinopathy           Low back pain           Groin injury (Tendinopathy)           Isolated Knee Ligaments           Meniscal injuries of the knee           Patellofemoral Disorders           Ankle Sprain           Achilles tendon       Understand the anatomy, pathophysiology and assessment of:           Articular Cartilage Injury           Upper and lower extremity joint instability


1.1.2.   Senior Resident       Understand the anatomy, pathophysiology, assessment and management of acute and chronic soft tissue injury and instability:           Complex/revision knee ligaments           Lower extremity malalignment           Multidirectional shoulder instability           Failed shoulder reconstruction           Chronic instability of the elbow           Chronic ankle instability       Understand the management of Articular Cartilage Injury including osteochondritis       Understand the principles of rehabilitation including return to sports and non-operative management including gender related issues


1.2. Technical

1.2.1.   Junior Resident       Performance of appropriate upper and lower extremity physical examinations       Performance of diagnostic and therapeutic joint injections       Perform diagnostic arthroscopy of the knee and shoulder       Repair of simple tendon rupture


1.2.2.   Senior Resident       Performance of:           diagnostic and operative shoulder, knee and ankle arthroscopy           ACL reconstruction           ankle ligament reconstruction           patella realignment           lower extremity realignment           shoulder reconstruction for instability           surgical management of rotator cuff pathology           repair of complex tendon rupture




2.1. Communication with allied health professionals (physiotherapists, nurses, trainers)

2.2. Ability to communicate to patients in clear and straightforward manner

2.3. Ability to communicate in writing appropriate rehabilitation prescriptions




3.1. Be able to interact within the medical team efficiently and to consult effectively.

3.2. Delegate effectively to other members of the health care team




4.1. Cost effective use of investigative tools and therapeutic modalities including complimentary and alternative therapies and procedures

4.2. Effective time management for patient care and lifestyle balance




5.1. Identify and advise on risk factors for prevention of injury including issues specific for gender, age and return to activity




6.1. Ability to teach and supervise patients, students, colleagues and other healthcare professionals




7.1. Sensitivity and respect for diversity of age, gender, religion, culture and the elite athelete

7.2. Understand the principles of:

7.2.1.   Ethics in sports

7.2.2.   Substance abuse

7.2.3.   Performance enhancing drugs