The Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors (CORD) Conferences

CORD hosts two conferences a year: one in March and one in June. The 2021 CORD Conferences will be virtual.

2021 Virtual Summer CORD Conference

Registration is now open!

2021 Virtual Summer CORD Conference Agenda
June 11 – 12, 2021
Zoom Webinar

Theme: Transitions in Medical Education

2021 Virtual Summer CORD Conference Agenda
June 11 – 12, 2021
Zoom Webinar

Transitions in Medical Education

FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2021 (Eastern Time) – DAY ONE


  • Joshua C. Patt, MD, MPH, FAOA, CORD/Academics Committee Chair, Carolinas Medical Center-Atrium Health
  • Dawn LaPorte, MD, FAOA, 2021 CORD Program Chair, Johns Hopkins University 

7:05pm – 7:40pm           MICHAEL A. SIMON CORD LECTURER

  • Christie Pearce Ramponeformer captain of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team during two gold medal runs and one FIFA Women’s World Cup title 

7:40pm – 7:45pm           Q&A

7:45pm – 8:00pm          Break

  • OptionalThe Anatomy of a Decision: How Virtual Reality May Help Support Surgical EducationPrecisionOS Industry Showcase – Danny P. Goel, MD, MBA

8:00pm – 8:45pm            SYMPOSIUM I: Medical School to Internship

  • Moderator: Jaysson T. Brooks, MD, University of Mississippi Medical Center
  • OIGs/preparation – Cara Cipriano, MD, MSc, FAOA, Washington Univ, St. Louis
  • Advising – Letitia Bradford, MD, FAAOS, FACS, Nth dimensions
  • Intern Boot Camp – Duretti Fufa, MD, Hospital for Special Surgery/Cornell Medical Center
  • Intern Surgical Simulation Month – Nady Hamid, MD, FAOACarolinas Medical Center-Atrium Health 

8:45pm – 9:00pm           Q&A

9:00pm – 9:10pm           ABOS UPDATE

  • April D. Armstrong, MD, FRCSC, FAOADirector, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery 

9:10pm – 9:15pm           Q&A

9:15pm                           ADJOURN



9:00am – 9:05am            OPENING REMARKS

  • Dawn LaPorte, MD, FAOA2021 CORD Program ChairJohns Hopkins University 

9:05am – 9:40am            SYMPOSIUM II: Junior Resident to Senior Resident

  • Moderator: Lauren E. Geaney, MD, FAOA, University of Connecticut
  • Graduated autonomy/how to identify who is not ready to progress and how to address that – Paul Tornetta III, MD, FAOA, Boston University Medical Center
  • How to identify/address struggling trainee – Brian P. Scannell, MD, FAOA, Carolinas Medical Center-Atrium Health
  • Evaluation/feedback – George Dyer, MD, FAOAMassachusetts General Hospital/Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • Quality over quantity/how to optimize education within hour – M. Daniel Wongworawat, MD, FAOALoma Linda University Health Education Consortium 

9:40am – 10:00am          Q&A


  • Moderator: Charles S. Day, MD, MBA, FAOA, Henry Ford Hospital/Wayne State University
  • Resident Selection in the Wake of USMLE Step 1 Transition to Pass/Fail Scoring – Matthew Ryan Cohn, MDRush University Medical Center
  • Bringing Physical Exam Skills Back from The Dead: Thiel-Embalmed Cadavers for Identifying a Positive Lachman Test – James Ross Bailey, MDSouthern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Where Are All of the Black Applicants? A Cross-Sectional Evaluation of Medical Schools Based on the J. Robert Gladden Orthopaedic Society Database – Tyler Nsekpong, MDUniversity of Mississippi Medical Center
  • In 2020, Are We Still Interviewing Orthopaedic Surgery Candidates with Illicit Questions? – Shikha Sachdeva, MDUniversity of Louisville School of Medicine
  • Exploring the Generalizability of Wire Navigation Skills – Matthew D. Karam, MD, FAOAUniversity of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics 

10:25am – 10:35am       Q&A

10:35am – 11:15am       SYMPOSIUM III: Residency and Beyond

  • Moderator: Lisa A. Taitsman, MD, FAOA, MPH, University of Washington
  • Professional identity during residency – Michael Suk, MD, JD, MBA, MPH, FACS, FAOAGeisinger Health System
  • Transition to fellowship – Anthony E. Johnson, MD, FACS, FAOAThe University of Texas At Austin Dell Medical School and Melvyn A. Harrington. Jr., MD, FAOABaylor College of Medicine
  • Readiness for practice – James Holmes, MD, FAOAUniversity of Michigan 

11:15am – 11:25am       Q&A

11:25am – 11:30am       CLOSING REMARKS

11:30am                         ADJOURN

2021 Virtual Spring CORD Conference On-Demand

Theme: Orthomatch 2021: Opportunities and Challenges Created by the COVID-19 Pandemic. What did we learn?
March 11, 2021

Click here to download conference agenda.

The recording of the 2021 Virtual Spring CORD Conference is currently available for registrants.

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ACCME Statement:

These activities has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the North American Spine Society and the American Orthopaedic Association. The North American Spine Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

2021 Virtual Spring CORD Conference

The North American Spine Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Future CORD Conferences

2022 Spring CORD Conference
March 25, 2022
AAOS Annual Meeting
Chicago, IL
2022 Summer CORD Conference
June 18, 2022
AOA Annual Leadership Meeting
Providence, RI
2023 Spring CORD Conference
March 2023
AAOS Annual Meeting
Las Vegas, NV