The PGY-1 Year

The PGY-1 year provides the resident with rotations on the following services:

  • Acute Care Surgery
  • Plastics/Burn Surgery
  • Surgical Intensive Care
  • Anesthesia
  • MSK Radiology
  • Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedic Spine
  • Hand
  • Orthopaedic Trauma

The PGY-2 Year

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

  • Night Float
  • Trauma
  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Pediatrics

The PGY-3 Year

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

  • Veteran’s Administration
  • Cox Health
  • Hand
  • Orthopaedic Spine
  • Shoulder
  • Sports Medicine

The PGY-4 Year

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

  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Foot & Ankle
  • Pediatrics
  • Capital Region Medical Center (CRMC)

PGY-4 level residents take on more of a supervisory role, assisting in planning, scheduling and other oversight of the team. 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:

  • Sports
  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Veteran’s Administration
  • Trauma

Chief Residents delegate responsibility to junior team members and mentors correct completion of these assignments. They serve as role models and motivate junior residents to assume increasing responsibility and ownership of patient management.  Chief residents perform increasingly difficult surgical procedures and teach lesser procedures to junior residents.

Senior administrative duties are assigned to each of the Chief Residents. These include: vacation approval, on-call scheduling, operative team preparation and anatomy instruction.

Courses and Conferences

In the spring of the PGY-1 year and the fall of the PGY-2 year, residents are required to attend the AO Basic Fracture Management course at departmental cost. Required conference days are not counted against vacation.
In the PGY-5 year, residents are required to attend the Miller Orthopaedic Review Course at departmental cost. Required conference days are not counted against vacation.
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 of leave.
Manuscripts, abstracts, and meetings must have departmental approval before residents schedule a presentation.