The CORD Conference provides a forum to stay current on the most relevant challenges in residency and fellowship education, exchange ideas, discuss solutions, and implement ways to effectively teach residents and manage orthopaedic training programs.

2020 Summer CORD Conference
Theme: How Good is Your Program and What Does the Data Show
Friday, June 12 – Saturday, June 13, 2020 

2020 Summer CORD Conference Program Chair

Lee R. Leddy, MD, FAOA

Friday, June 12, 2020

7:00pm – 7:05pm Opening Remarks and Announcements
Lee R. Leddy, MD, FAOA, Medical University of South Carolina

7:05pm – 7:45pm
Michael A. Simon CORD Lecturer
Are We Good or Just Very Lucky? – Dave Burnham, USN-Ret, CEO CAVU International 
7:45pm – 7:55pm Q&A
7:55pm – 8:45pm SYMPOSIUM I: Medical Knowledge – Standardized Testing Results – Do we have a reliable method to assess our training program and a resident’s medical knowledge?
Moderator: Ann Van Heest, MD, FAOA, University of Minnesota


  • Norman Y. Otsuka, MD, FAOA, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
  • Tessa Balach, MD, FAOA, University of Chicago
  • Kelly Homlar, MD, FAOA, Medical College of Georgia
  • Ginger Holt, MD, FAOA, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Brett R. Levine, MD, MS, FAOA, Midwest Orthopaedics at Rush
  • George Dyer, MD, FAOA, Harvard Medical School
8:45pm – 8:55pm Q&A
8:55pm – 9:05pm ABOS Update – Behavior Project Update
April D. Armstrong, MD, FRCSC, FAOA, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
9:05pm – 9:15pm Q&A
9:15pm Adjourn

Saturday, June 13, 2020

9:00am – 9:05am Opening Remarks
9:05am – 9:50am SYMPOSIUM II: External Perspectives
Moderator: Greg Grabowski, MD, FAOA, University of South Carolina/Prisma Health Midlands


  • Matthew Dean Beal, MD, FAOA, Northwestern Universtiy
  • Robert S. Sterling, MD, FAOA, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
  • Robert V. O’Toole, MD, University of Maryland
  • Douglas W. Lundy, MD, MBA, FAOA, Resurgens of Orthopaedics
9:50am – 10:00am Q&A
10:00am – 10:25am Open Paper Podium Presentations 
10:25am – 10:35am Q&A
10:35am – 11:15am SYMPOSIUM III: Open Panel Discussion of Educational Impacts from COVID-19 in the Coming Academic Year
Moderator: William N. Levine, MD, FAOA, Columbia University Irving Medical Center


  • Harris Slone, MD, Medical University of South Carolina>
  • Rajiv Rajani, MD, FAOA, University of Texas Health Sciences Center – San Antonio
  • Rashard Dacus, MD, FAOA, University of Virginia
  • Sandra Klein, MD, FAOA, Washington University
11:15am – 11:25am Q&A
11:25am – 11:30am Closing Remarks and Take Away Points
Lee R. Leddy, MD, FAOA, Medical University of South Carolina
11:30am Adjourn

This activity 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 American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Association. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons designates this live activity/enduring material for a maximum of 4.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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.