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Clinical Rotations

Residents spend two to four months rotating on each service. Each service consists of a senior and junior resident and is based at the main campus or at an affiliate site. The Orthopaedic Department also has mid-level providers to assist with inpatient, operating room, and emergency room care. While rotating on each service the residents are responsible for the care of the patients on their service as well as coverage of the operative cases. Cases will be assigned based on educational value and equal exposure for the residents. Additionally, residents will participate in a weekly resident-run clinic under the guidance of senior faculty.

PGY-I

Rotations during the first year are split into one-month blocks. Residents will be provided six months of experience in orthopaedic surgery as an intern and with support will learn the basics of fracture care, inpatient care, and triage. Residents will spend a total of six months rotating with other departments including general surgery, trauma surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, intensive care, and neurosurgery. Extensive clinical exposure and didactic teaching of musculoskeletal radiology and anesthesia will be a component of the orthopaedic rotation. Four weeks of vacation will be designated during the orthopaedic rotation. Call duties will vary based on department. Residents will attend the Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) course.

PGY-II

Residents will spend four months each on trauma, hand/sports, and at Stamford Hospital where they work with community-based orthopaedic surgeons. Residents on the hand/sports rotation will have exposure to a variety of elective hand, shoulder, elbow, knee, hip, and spine cases. At Stamford Hospital residents will be exposed a busy orthopaedic department and variety of elective, community-level orthopaedic procedures focusing on hand, joints, sports, and foot and ankle in the inpatient and ambulatory surgical center settings. Residents will take in-house overnight call approximately 1 in 4 nights and will take an average of two weekend day calls a month. Residents will attend the AO Basic Fracture course.

PGY-III

Residents will spend four months each on adult reconstruction and at Stamford Hospital. Residents will also spend two months on the Spine service, one month on Foot & Ankle, and one month of dedicated research. The adult reconstruction rotation is based at Montefiore New Rochelle Hospital under the supervision of Steven Zelicof M.D. where residents perform approximately 15 joint reconstructions a week in addition to office hours. Residents on the spine service will be exposed to both elective and emergent treatment of disorders of the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar spine. One month is spent with a fellowship-trained foot and ankle surgeon where the resident is exposed to both the operative and office-based aspects of the field. At Stamford Hospital residents will focus on sports and hand mainly in the ambulatory surgical center setting. During the research month, residents are expected to work on a program requirement of one publishable project by graduation. Residents will take in-house overnight call approximately 1 in 4 nights and will take no more than an average of two weekend day calls a month. Residents will attend the Arthroscopy Course (Academy Learning Center, Rosemont, IL), and the Orthotic And Prosthetic Course (New York University, New York, NY).

PGY-IV

Residents will spend four months each on pediatrics, tumor, and at Stamford Hospital. The pediatric rotation is at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital on the main campus. During this rotation, residents will have extensive experience treating congenital abnormalities of the extremities, scoliosis, as well as pediatric orthopaedic trauma. The tumor rotation is based at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan under the guidance of Dr. Ilya Iofin. During this rotation residents will spend four months learning orthopaedic oncology both in the office and operating room. At Stamford Hospital residents will focus on outpatient sports procedures. At Westchester Medical Center, residents will take at home back-up call approximately 1 in 4 nights and will take an average of two weekend day calls a month. At Westchester Medical Center, residents will be called for operative cases or if a junior resident requires assistance while on call. At Stamford Hospital, residents will take in-house overnight call. Residents will attend the Pathology Review Course (Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY), and the AAOS annual meeting.

PGY-V

Residents will spend 4 months each on the hand/sports service and at Stamford Hospital. Residents will also spend 3 months on the trauma service and 1 month of dedicated research time. Residents will have the ability to choose cases as they see fit to complete their training. Residents may use this research month to complete research projects prior to graduation. At Westchester Medical Center, residents will take at home back-up call approximately 1 in 4 nights and will take an average of two weekend day calls a month. At Westchester Medical Center, residents will be called for operative cases or if a junior resident requires assistance while on call. At Stamford Hospital, residents will take in-house overnight call. Residents will attend the Miller Review Course (Westminster, CO).