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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine


Our residents begin their training by rotating through 6 months on the orthopaedic service and 6 months of non-orthopaedic services in their intern year. During this time residents are exposed to the basics of fracture care, evaluation of spinal injuries and deformities, and common general orthopaedic procedures that form the foundation of their education. The rotations in spine and general orthopaedics are designed to introduce the resident to the operating room and teach the basics of peri-operative operative techniques and principles while the rotation on the fracture service is designed to teach acute fracture care. Interns also rotate through several services in conjunction with the Department of Surgery and Department of Radiology, as per ACGME guidelines.

As residents progress in their education, they will be given progressively more clinical responsibilities which culminate in the chief year rotations. Our goal is to provide residents with a diverse operative experience so that they will be well prepared when they begin fellowships in their chosen subspecialty.

All residents receive one month of vacation per year, as well as time off to present research projects at national conferences. All fifth year residents are given time to attend the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeon's annual meeting.