The 29th Annual Tom Smallman Canadian Orthopaedic Association (COA) Basic Science Course will be held from the 26th to the 30th of October 2016 at the Ottawa Conference and Event Centre (see venue details).
The Tom Smallman COA Basic Science Course is designed for the "mature" orthopaedic resident (ideally midway through training), but would also be of use for the orthopaedist who wants to return to the basic fundamentals of orthopaedic practice.
Ideally, you will develop the ability to conceptualize and understand all clinical problems at multiple levels - pathophysiology at the cellular level, gross morphology as reflected on the radiograph, and clinical presentation as assessed through history, physical examination, and laboratory parameters.
This information is highly relevant to other disciplines including: pathology, radiology, rehabilitation medicine, rheumatology, and physiotherapy.
This basic science course is designed to provide the participant with an outline of normal growth and development, the pathophysiology of the categories of disease, and related treatment principles. A lecture series on interpretation of radiographs reinforces the concepts of clinical, radiologic, and pathological correlation. Lectures, hands-on pathology laboratory sessions, and clinical case examples provide a comprehensive learning experience. The material should allow one to develop lasting conceptual models for the musculoskeletal system.
The goal of the course, then, is to provide the orthopaedic surgeon with a solid set of information on which to base thought processes throughout his or her career.