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Indiana University School of Medicine’s Trauma Fellowship program offers a comprehensive surgical experience with a wide breadth of complex pathology.
IU Health Methodist Hospital serves as a tertiary referral center for complex orthopaedic trauma throughout Indiana.
The following table provides an average number of operatively managed fractures handled by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at IU School of Medicine on an annual basis:
|Location||Annual Number of Operations|
|Upper extremity fracture dislocations||35|
Fellows participate in morning X-ray report and inpatient rounding. The Orthopaedic Trauma Service faculty meets every morning to review the previous afternoon/evening/overnight trauma admissions and discuss diagnosis, surgical indications, surgical approach and anticipated outcomes. The advanced practice provider staff then rounds as a team through the intensive care unit (ICU) and inpatient units. Fellows follow one of the attending staff either to the operating room or to the orthopaedic physician office.
Call is shared between fellows and residents. Fellows are always on call with a staff member and thus do not take independent call. Each fellow takes no more than eight home calls per month and is on home call every third weekend. Advanced Practice Providers remain in-house 24/7 and field all floor calls and consults. Fellow call functions similar to staff call and primarily involves discussing consult disposition with the in-house team, operative planning, and surgery for urgent/emergent conditions.