Curriculum Overview/Rotations

The PGY-1 Year

Orthopaedic interns perform 12, one-month rotations in two busy hospitals. They gain experience in the surgical and non-surgical care of both adult and pediatric patients in six surgical rotations (excluding Orthopaedics), including: Vascular Surgery, Trauma, Neurosurgery, Highland Hospital's General Surgery rotation, Burn, and Cardiac Surgery. Interns receive a minimum of one month of structured education in Intensive Care, Anesthesiology, Radiology, and Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and receive Orthopaedic training during the maximum allowed three-month Orthopaedic rotations. Orthopaedic interns are integrated into the Orthopaedic resident call schedule during their no-call rotations (Anesthesia, Radiology, PM&R).

The PGY-2 Year

The PGY-2 year provides the resident with rotations on the following services:

  • ED
  • Trauma
  • Hand/Upper Extremity
  • Spine
  • Sports
  • Highland Hospital General Orthopaedics (a busy community hospital with focus on general orthopaedics and a less complex orthopaedic case mix)

It is during this year that a resident is asked to choose a faculty member as a mentor to provide guidance and direction throughout their residency.

The PGY-3 Year

The PGY-3 year provides the resident with rotations on the following services:

  • Adult Reconstruction (located at Highland Hospital)
  • Foot/Ankle
  • Research
  • Pediatrics
  • Hand/Upper Extremity
  • Sports
  • Highland Hospital General Orthopaedics

The PGY-4 Year

The PGY-4 year provides the resident with rotations on the following services:

  • Research
  • Spine
  • Trauma Room/OR Coverage
  • Hand/Upper Extremity
  • Highland Hospital General Orthopaedics
  • Adult Reconstruction (located at Highland Hospital)

PGY-4 level residents take on more of a supervisory role, assisting in planning, scheduling and other administrative duties. At this level, residents perform increasingly more difficult operative procedures with supervision from attending physicians.

The PGY-5 Year

The PGY-5 or Chief year consists of rotations on the following services:

  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Hand/Upper Extremity
  • Sports
  • Pediatrics
  • Trauma

Senior administrative duties are assigned to each of the Chief Residents. These include: creation of monthly conference schedule, vacation approval, on-call scheduling, Grand Rounds presentations, anatomy instruction, and resident clinic physician.

Highland Hospital is located approximately one mile from Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center.

Courses and Conferences

Generally in the PGY-3 year, residents are asked to attend the AO Basic Fracture Management course for which they receive departmental support. Vacation time does not have to be used to attend the course.

Residents are encouraged to present papers at national meetings. For the principal author, time spent presenting a paper is in addition to the standard four weeks vacation.

Manuscripts, abstracts, and meetings must have departmental approval before residents schedule a presentation. Each paper may be presented at only one meeting.