At the conclusion of the residency rotations on this service, the graduate is expected to be proficient in care of spine problems and their associated rehabilitation as might be encountered in the general practice of orthopaedics. It is important to recognize that competency as a physician extends beyond medical knowledge and direct patient care. Therefore, evaluations for the spine service will include not only those competencies specific for each subspecialty such as medical knowledge, but also demonstration of abilities in practice-based learning, interpersonal communication skills, professionalism, patient care, and systems-based practice.

The overall goal of the Adult Spine Service is to provide the resident with an educational experience that maximizes the opportunity to understand, evaluate, and treat conditions that affect the spine. This is achieved by combining a structured study program that utilizes an extensive recommended reading list with a clinical experience that has an appropriate balance between office and emergency room evaluation and surgical treatment of conditions of the spine. Junior and senior level residents rotate through the Adult Spine Service for two to three month blocks and assume responsibility based upon demonstrated knowledge, previous experience, and clinical skills.

Prior to the beginning of the rotation, each resident must contact Dr. Knaub’s secretary 717-531-2770 to obtain a reading list, and to schedule a beginning, mid-rotation, and end of the rotation final evaluation.