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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 pediatrics, including- 6 Orthopaedics rotations. 

Orthopaedic Rotations

  • Sports
  • Pediatrics
  • Tumor
  • 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

  • Radiology
  • Highland Hospital's General Surgery
  • Burn Surgery
  • Trauma/Acute Care Surgery
  • Burn/Trauma ICU
  • Geriatrics/Anesthesia

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.

The PGY-2 Year

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

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

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
  • Tumor
  • Research
  • Pediatrics
  • Shoulder/Elbow
  • 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
  • Shoulder/Elbow
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Highland Hospital General Orthopaedics

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
  • Tumor
  • Special Elective

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 oversight of weekly skills lab.

Highland Hospital is located less than two miles from Strong Memorial Hospital/University of Rochester Medical Center.

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.