Orthopedic Resident Curriculum

The PGY-1 year consists of one month rotations, while the PGY 2-5 years are organized into two month rotations. The two month rotation is felt to be the optimal rotation length to allow acquisition of knowledge and skills within the various subspecialties of Orthopedic Surgery, while at the same time allowing a variety of rotations within each residency year. This maximizes the resident’s depth and breadth of exposure throughout the five years.

First year

  • 6 months of Orthopedic Surgery, in one month blocks throughout the year:
    • 2 months of Night Float on the Orthopedic Trauma Service.
    • 2 months of Adult Joint Reconstruction.
    • 1 month of Spine.
    • 1 month of Sports Medicine.
  • 6 months of Off-Service Rotations including:
    • 2 months in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit (SICU).
    • 2 months of Plastic Surgery; one at Henry Ford Hospital and one at Henry Ford West Bloomfield.
    • 1 month of Vascular Surgery
    • 1 month of Musculoskeletal Radiology.
  • Integrated formal Surgical Skills Curriculum throughout the 12 months of Intern year with hands-on skills labs including suturing, casting and splinting, arthroscopy, saw-bones, cadaveric dissection, and many others. This approach is preferred to allow for continuous improvement throughout the year as opposed to a single month long rotation.

Second year

  • 2 month rotations: Adult Joint Reconstruction, Hand, Spine, and Pediatric Orthopedics.
  • 4 months on the Orthopedic Trauma service broken into two separate two month rotations.
  • Spine and pediatric orthopedic rotations are based at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.

Third year

  • 2 month rotations: Foot and Ankle, Sports Medicine, Orthopedic Trauma, Spine, and Research.
  • 2 month rotation in Pediatric Orthopedics at Gillette Children's Specialty Healthcare in St. Paul, MN.

Fourth year

  • Residents serve as Senior Residents during two month blocks in Adult Joint Reconstruction, Trauma, Sports Medicine, Hand, and Oncology/Tumor.
  • 2 months in Pediatric Orthopedics at Children’s Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.
  • The hand rotation is based at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI.

Fifth year

  • This year serves as a transition into future practice with residents serving as Chief Residents in two month blocks on the Sports Medicine, Adult Joint Reconstruction, Foot and Ankle, and Hand Surgery services.
  • 2 months as the Orthopedic Trauma Chief Resident.
  • 2 month “float rotation”: opportunity to focus on surgical cases in subspecialty area of interest. The float resident is also responsible for performing cases in the orthopedic trauma OR two days per week.
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