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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine

Rotations

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. 

PGY-1:

Rotation

Duration

Trauma

1 month

SICU

1 month

Pediatric Surgery

1 month

MSK Radiology

1 month

Plastic Surgery

1 month

Burn

1 month

VA Orthopaedics

2 months

Spine

2 months

Hand

2 months

 

 

PGY-2:

Rotation

Duration

Fracture

4 months

Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center

2 months

Staten Island University Hospital

2 months

Adult Reconstruction/Tumor

2 months

Sports

2 months

 

 

PGY-3:

Rotation

Duration

Hand

2 months

Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center

4 months

Staten Island University Hospital

4 months

Pediatric Orthopaedics

2 months

 

 

PGY-4:

Rotation

Duration

Spine

2 months

Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center

2 months

Staten Island University Hospital

4 months

Foot and Ankle

2 months

Fracture

2 months

 

 

 

PGY-5:

Rotation

Duration

Hand

2 months

Fracture

2 months

Pediatric Orthopaedics

2 months

Adult Reconstruction/Tumor

2 months

Sports

2 months

VA Orthopaedics

2 months