2019 Summer CORD Conference
Theme: The Myth of the Perfect Mentor: Mentorship from Medical School to Attending


Saturday, June 29, 2019 8:15am-6:15pm

Registration is required for the CORD Conference. All attendees must present a ticket to enter. Individuals not affiliated with a CORD member institution are welcome to register and attend.

2019 Summer CORD Conference Co-Chairs

Matthew D. Beal, MD, FAOA; and Tessa Balach, MD, FAOA 

Saturday, June 29, 2019

8:15am – 8:20am Opening Remarks and Announcements
Matthew D. Beal, MD, FAOA, Co-Chair, Northwestern University
Tessa Balach, MD, FAOA, Co-Chair, University of Chicago

8:20am – 8:50am
ABOS Update/Q&A 
J. Lawrence Marsh, MD, FAOA, University of Iowa

8:50am – 9:40am Michael A. Simon CORD Lecturer
“The Joy of Mentorship” – Tom Steiner, PhD 

9:40am – 9:55am BREAK 
9:55am – 10:20am Podium Paper Presentations
Moderator: James J. Purtill, MD, FAOA, Rothman Institute
Efficacy of the Standardized Letter of Recommendation in the Evaluation of the Orthopaedic Resident Applicant
Presenter: Matthew J. Pacana, MD, Palmetto Health USC Orthopedic Center

Standardized Letters of Recommendation for Orthopaedic Residency Programs Fail to Provide Adequate Variability for Reliable Assessment
Presenter: Charles Cassidy, MD, FAOA, Tufts Medical Center

Is there a difference in descriptions of male and female applicants in letters of recommendation for orthopaedic residency? A pilot study.
Presenter: Christopher Dy, MD, MPH, FACS, Washington University

A Comparative Evaluation of Interpersonal Interactions and Biases Noted in Orthopaedic Surgery Training Programs Related to Sex of the Resident
Presenter: Mary K. Mulcahey, MD, FAOA, Tulane University

10:20am – 10:35am Q&A

10:35am – 11:35am SYMPOSIUM I: Engaging the Medical Student
Moderator: Raffi S. Avedian, MD, FAOA, Stanford University

  • Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group: Outreach 101 - Amy Ladd, MD, FAOA, Stanford University
  • Auditioning for ortho residency: selection, organization and value of the away rotation - Mary K. Mulcahey, MD, FAOA, Tulane University

11:35am – 11:50am Q&A AND OPEN FORUM

11:50am - 12:50pm LUNCH  

12:50pm – 1:50pm

SYMPOSIUM II:  Mentoring Under-Represented Students  
Moderator: Melvyn A. Harrington, Jr., MD, FAOA, Baylor College of Medicine

  • Under-represented Minority Applicants  - J. Robert Gladden Society - Eric W. Carson, MD, FAOA, University of Virginia
  • The Female Orthopaedic Applicant - Ruth Jackson Society - Alexandra E. Page, MD, FAOA, San Diego Sports Medicine & Orthopaedic Center
  • The American Association of Latino Orthopaedic Surgeons - Alfonso Mejia, MD, MPH, FAOA, University of Illinois, Chicago

1:50pm – 2:50pm

SYMPOSIUM III: International Relief Missions 
Moderator: Matthew R. Schmitz, MD, FAOA, San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium

  • Haitian Relief Efforts - Christopher C. Bray, MD, Greenville Health System
  • “Orthopaedic Surgery in the Hostile Environment: The Syria Experience”- Samer Attar, MD, FAOA, Northwestern University

2:50pm – 3:05pm Q&A AND OPEN FORUM 

3:05pm – 4:05pm SYMPOSIUM IV: Non-traditional Orthopaedic Residency Applicants
Moderator: Hassan R. Mir, MD, MBA, FACS, FAOA, Florida Orthopaedic Institute

  • Didn't match Ortho first time - Brett R. Levine, MD, MS, FAOA, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
  • Transferring programs - Mary K. Mulcahey, MD, FAOA, Tulane University
  • Substance abuse/recovery - Joseph R. Hsu, MD, FAOA, Atrium Health
  • International grads - Hassan R. Mir, MD, MBA, FACS, FAOA, Florida Orthopaedic Institute
  • DO's into MD programs - Rajiv Rajani, MD, FAOA, University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio

4:05pm – 4:20pm BREAK 

4:20pm – 5:20pm SYMPOSIUM V: Mentoring the Junior Faculty Member
Moderator: Vincent D. Pellegrini, MD, FAOA, Medical University of South Carolina
  • Engagement of the community practitioner - Richard J. D'Ascoli, MD, FAOA
  • Maintaining a sustainable work-life balance - Terrance D. Peabody, MD, FAOA, Northwestern University
  • Priorities for a rewarding academic career - Vincent D. Pellegrini, MD, FAOA, Medical University of South Carolina

5:20pm – 5:30pm

5:30pm – 6:10pm

6:10pm – 6:15pm





The AOA acknowledges DePuy Synthes and Zimmer Biomet for their generous support of the 2019 Summer Council of Residency Directors (CORD) Conference.

About The Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD)
CORD is dedicated to the promotion of excellence in musculoskeletal graduate medical education. The program works to recognize best practices in orthopaedic residency and fellowship education to achieve common educational goals. CORD membership is held at the institutional level. All individual staff within a member institution are considered CORD affiliates and are invited to take part in CORD activities. Yearly program dues provide many benefits, including: online educational resources, a discussion forum, monthly e-newsletter and discounted registration fees for CORD conferences. Non-member institutions are encouraged to join the AOA’s CORD program.