UE Cadaver Lab



UE Lab

SWOTA has been teaching trauma skills to Orthopaedic residents at the University of New Mexico, The University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix, The University of Arizona College of Medicine Tucson, Texas Tech University at Lubbock and William Beaumont Army Medical Center for the past several years. This past year we were also able to include residents from Mayo Clinic- Scottsdale and University of Nevada – Las Vegas.

The objective of this course is to teach PGY 1 residents the skills required to treat common orthopaedic injuries and to understand different techniques in achieving fracture stability. These motor skills will be combined with basic fracture management talks, principles and exercises. This meeting is extremely helpful to the residency programs in accomplishing the requirements of surgical skills training in an efficient manner with 27 PGY 1 residents gathered in one place at one time for concentrated skills training under appropriate guidance, supervision and evaluation.

The motor skills course for 2020 will be held May 6 – 9 at the University of New Mexico.


Course Co-Chairs
David Chafey, MD & Jason Wild, MD
Wednesday May 6, 2020


  • "Get your drill on:" Check in & pick up welcome packet
  • 6:00pm Life Skills Lecture
  • 6:30pm Pre-Course Assessment
  • 7:00pm Motor Skills Mistakes Lecture
  • 7:30pm Chairman Introduction


Thursday May 7, 2020
  • 7:30am Splinting and Casting Principles
  • 9:45am Break
  • 10:00am External Fixation
  • 12:00pm Lunch & Resident-Based Case Discussion
  • 1:00pm K-Wire Session
  • 2:30pm Break
  • 2:45pm Basic Techniques of Internal Fixation
  • 4:30pm Olecranon Osteotomy
  • 5:45pm Adjourn
Friday May 8, 2020
  • 7:30am Proximal Femur Session
  • 10:30am Break
  • 10:45am Plating Skills
  • 12:30pm Lunch & Advanced Case Discussion
  • 1:30pm Distal Femur Locking Plate
  • 3:00pm Proximal Tibia Locking Plate
  • 5:15pm Adjourn
Saturday May 9, 2020
  • 7:30am UE Cadaver Lab Overview: Incision, Exposure, Soft Tissue Handling
  • 8:00am Olecranon Osteotomy
  • 10:00am Break
  • 10:15am Compartment Syndrome
  • 11:45am Lunch
  • 12:45pm Distal Radius
  • 2:45pm Knot Tying & Fingertip Repair
  • 4:00pm Break
  • 4:15pm Emergency Treatment of Life Threatening Injuries
  • 4:45pm Post-Course Assessment
  • 5:15pm Completion of Course