One half day per week is devoted to formal teaching for all orthopaedic residents. A two and a half year curriculum covers all of the information necessary for training and successful completion of the fellowship examination. In addition to formal lectures there are sessions in anatomy, motor skill laboratories and journal club. The curriculum for this programme is constantly changing and is monitored by a Curriculum Committee comprised of the faculty and nominated residents. In addition to the formal orthopaedic education programme there are formal lectures in the principles of surgery organized by the Department of Surgery for all surgical specialties. These lectures are designed to assist residents in satisfactory completion of the Principles of Surgery Examination held by the Royal College. Success in this examination is a requirement for eligibility to sit the Royal College Examination in orthopaedic surgery.