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Curriculum

PGY-1 Year

Orthopaedic interns perform (4) 6.5 week orthopaedic rotations and (6) 1 month-long non-orthopaedic rotations in two busy hospitals. They gain experience in the surgical and non-surgical care of both adult and pediatrics, including- 6 Orthopaedics rotations. 

Orthopaedic Rotations

  • Pediatrics
  • Hand
  • Trauma
  • Highland Hospital General Orthopaedics (a busy community hospital with focus on general orthopaedics, geriatric fractures & adult reconstruction)
  • Extra rotation assigned to either Trauma or Highland Hospital General Orthopaedics
     

Non-Orthopaedic Rotations

  • Burn Surgery
  • Burn/Trauma ICU
  • Geriatrics/Anesthesia
  • Surgical Skills
  • Trauma/Acute Care Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Orthopaedic interns are integrated into the Orthopaedic resident call schedule during their orthopaedic rotations. Interns also complete a month long Orthopaedic boot camp. They are excused from clinical duties every afternoon in October to participate.

PGY-2 Year

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

  • The "Pit" (consult resident)
  • Trauma
  • Hand/Upper Extremity
  • Pediatrics
  • Spine
  • Sports
  • Foot and Ankle

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.

PGY-3 Year

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

  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Trauma
  • Tumor
  • Research
  • Pediatrics
  • Shoulder/Elbow
  • Sports
  • Highland Hospital General Orthopaedics

PGY-4 Year and 5 Curriculum

PGY 4 and PGY 5 years consist of 12 week blocks with half of the class completing the blocks of Adult Reconstruction, Trauma, Pediatrics and Sports in their PGY 4 year while the other half of the class completes the blocks of Hand, Foot, Tumor/Shoulder, and Spine. The blocks not completed in PGY 4 year will be completed in PGY 5 year. One week of research will be taken per block for PGY 4 and 5 years. A four week elective will be taken during the pediatric rotation.

Courses and Conferences

Generally in the PGY-2 or -3 year, residents attend a Basic Fracture Management course for which they receive departmental support. All PGY-3 residents attend an arthroplasty course.  Chief residents receive support to attend either the AAOS annual meeting or a Board Review Course.  Vacation time does not have to be used to attend the courses.

Residents are encouraged to present papers at national meetings and receive departmental support to do so. Manuscripts, abstracts, and meetings must have departmental approval before residents schedule a presentation. Each paper may be presented at only one meeting.