Rotations In Orthopaedic Surgery
This is a vigorous and challenging program. The residents are
expected to take charge of patient problems and are given considerable
responsibility and independence with constant involvement and
supervision by full-time and part-time faculty. All residents
come in contact with a large variety of patients throughout the
program and are expected to be an integral part of the surgical
team in all of the operative cases. In general, the residents
will find the faculty supervising and attending each of the clinics
and operative procedures. The call schedule is demanding, especially
in the UCIMC.
The PGY-I year is an internship that provides a comprehensive
background in areas considered basic to orthopaedic practice.
Thirteen rotations include 7 in orthopaedic surgery divided
between the orthopaedic departments at UCI Medical Center and
VA. Two rotations in general
surgery, which will include one rotation each of trauma, and plastics. The
PGY-I resident will also be doing one rotation of emergency medicine.
The final two
rotations will be in anesthesia and MSK radiology.
During your intern year,
you become proficient in learning how to care for trauma patients
and surgical patients in a systematic way. About six months
year, you become very comfortable taking care of trauma and orthopaedic patients
and learning how to manage a service. As the intern, you have quite a bit
of responsibility within the team and this will prepare you well
for more senior
roles on the orthopaedic service. You also will learn how to navigate through
the different computer systems, working with case managers for disposition
and how to work within the walls of the hospital.
Be prepared to work around
80 hours per week on some rotations (less on others). Also
be ready to start learning orthopaedics early, especially during
6 months of your orthopaedic rotations which usually are the best of the
As an intern
in orthopaedics, if you are able to manage the floor work, you are welcome
to scrub on any cases (and be ready to operate when you are in the OR!!!).
to PGY-II and PGY- III
to PGY-IV and PGY- V
to the Residency Program