Combined Forefoot and Rearfoot & Ankle Cadaver Surgical Skills Courses

Scientific Objectives

The Technical Training Courses have an emphasis on cadaver surgery. During the first day surgical cases are observed and an in-depth hands-on internal fixation lab is taught using bone models. Procedures range from 5th digit arthroplasties to complex rearfoot fusions. Each participant receives one limb and the use of power equipment and internal fixation. The instruction during the labs is available on both a group and individual level. Additional time is provided to allow for exploratory dissection, or additional practice of previous procedures. Throughout the course, surgical topics are discussed and participants are encouraged to bring individual cases to discuss with the faculty. All courses are Thursday through Saturday. To assure proper distancing guidelines, there is a limit of 16 attendees for each course, so please call ahead to check availability. Click the links below for more information.

  1. To increase the attendees comfort with performing common podiatric forefoot and basic rearfoot surgical procedures through live surgical observation and hands on participation with cadaver limbs.
  2. Identify weaknesses in attendees surgical technique and improve those skills through hands on participation with cadaver limbs and other manual skills labs.
  3. Learn multiple, alternative options for fixation of osteotomies and/or fractures
  4. Expose the surgeon to new surgical techniques and latest trends to increase the attendees armamentarium of surgical procedures and techniques
  5. Establish understanding of pre-op indications and criteria for surgical procedures to improve selection of the appropriate procedure
  6. Decrease potential of post-op complications by increasing attendees understanding of proper surgical technique and choice of fixation
  7. Refresh knowledge on hospital protocol for inpatient and ER patients through participation in hospital rounds
  8. Improve practice management skills by group discussions

Please note: The 3-day courses are Thursday through Saturday.

To insure a more personalized, hands-on training experience, and to assure proper distancing guidelines we are limiting the number of attendees to a maximum of 16. All cancellation/transfer requests must be received in writing. Cancellations requiring a refund will be accessed a $750.00 cancellation fee. However, the full registration fee is transferable to another surgical skills course up to one month prior to the start date of the course. Transfer requests received less than 30 days prior to the start of the course will be accessed a $750.00 cancellation fee.

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Podiatry Institute Learning Center
Emory Decatur Hospital
2675 Professional Building
2675 North Decatur Rd., Ste. 309
Decatur, Georgia 30033

Continuing Education Contact Hours: 25.0
The Podiatry Institute is approved by the Council on
Podiatric Medical Education as a provider of continuing
education in podiatric medicine.

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Course Dates:
October 24-26, 2024
November 7-9, 2024
December 5-7, 2024

Registration buttons are located at the bottom of this page

Course Outline Is Basically the Same for Each Course Date


   - Distal vs Proximal Procedures
   - MIS Techniques and Considerations
   - Pathology and Workup
   - Fixation Options
Forefoot Pathology: Capsulitis/Predislocation syndrome vs Neuromas
Tailors bunions

1st ray dissection and osteotomies/fixation
Hammertoe dissection
Plantar plate/weil osteotomy
Tailors bunion

   - MIS vs Open Bunions
   - Bunion complications/Challenging Cases

12:30 to 12:45: Arrive - Intro to Lab
12:45 - 1:00pm: Lecture - Bunion Considerations
1:00 - 2:30pm: Dissection of Hallux and 1st metatarsophalangeal joint and Osteotomies
   - Akin/HIPJ Fusion
   - Austin Bunionectomy (long Dorsal Arm vs Long Plantar Arm)
2:30 - 3:00 pm: Bunion Case Discussions - MIS vs Open
3:00 - 3:15 pm: Lesser Toe Pathologies and Implants Lecture
3:15 - 4:00 pm: Lesser toe Dissection/Hammertoe correction
4:00 - 4:15 pm: Break
4:15 - 4:30 pm: Forefoot Pathology (Predislocation syndrome/Neuromas)
4:30 - 5:30 pm: Lesser metatarsophalangeal joint dissection/weil osteotomy/plantar plate repair
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Tailors bunion lecture and dissection


Jones Fracture
1st metatarsophalangeal joint fusion
Lis Franc Injuries
Peroneal and Ankle Instability

Jones fracture fixation
1st metatarsophalangeal joint fusion
Lapidus and LisFranc ORIF/Fusion
Peroneal Tendon Repair/Ankle Instability Repair

8:00 - 8:15 am - Metatarsal Fracture Lecture
8:15 - 9:00 am - Metatarsal fracture repair lab (Jones fracture)
9:00 - 10:15 am - 1st metatarsophalangeal joint - Hallux limitus/rigidus lecture
10:15 - 10:30 am - Break
10:30 - 11:15 am - 1st metatarsophalangeal joint arthrotomy/fusion technique lab
11:15 - 11:30 am - Lapidus Lecture
11:30 - 12:30 pm - Lapidus Dissection
12:30 - 12:45 pm - Case Discussions - Lapidus debate
12:45 - 1:15 pm - Lunch (sponsor)
1:15 - 1:30 pm - Lis Franc Injuries - Lecture
1:30 - 2:30 pm - Lis Franc Dissection and Fixation (ORIF, Fusion/Trephine fusion, Fixation techniques)
2:30 - 3:00 pm - Peroneal and Ankle Instability Lecture
3:00 - 4:00 pm - Peroneal Tendon Repair and Ankle Instability Repair Lab
4:00 - 4:30 pm - Calcaneal Osteotomy (Dwyer) lab
4:30 - 4:45 pm - Break
4:45 - 6:15 pm - Ankle Fracture Lecture & Lab
6:15 - 6:30 pm - Break
6:30 - 8:00 pm - Fireside Clinic with pizza (Sponsor Provided) - Bring your toughest cases for group to discuss


Rearfoot Fusion
Ankle Joint Fusion vs Replacement,
TTC Arthrodesis
Medicine Update

Rearfoot Fusion
Ankle joint fusion/replacement

8:00 - 8:30 am: PTTD and Osteotomy/Fusion Lecture
8:30 - 9:00 am: PTTD and Medial Column Dissection
9:00 - 9:30 am: Cotton Osteotomy Lab
9:30 - 10:30 am: Navicular Cuneiform Joint Fusion and Spring Ligament
10:30 - 10:45 am: Break
10:45 - 11:45 am: Evans Calcaneal Osteotomy Lecture and Dissection
11:45 - 12:00 pm: Deltoid Insufficiency Lecture
12:00 - 12:30 pm: Deltoid repair lab
12:30 - 1:00 pm: Lunch (sponsor provided)
1:00 - 1:30 pm: Double vs Triple arthrodesis Lecture and discussion
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Double vs Triple arthrodesis lab
2:30 - 3:00 pm: Ankle Arthritis - fusion vs replacement lecture
3:00 - 3:15 pm: Break
3:15 - 4:30 pm: Ankle fusion/replacement dissection/fixation
4:30 - 5:00 pm: Case/Technique Tips/Medicine Updates

To assure proper distancing guidelines, all courses are limited to a maximum of 16 attendees each,
so please call ahead to check availability.

Please call our office if there are any questions or issues registering. 770-939-0393


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