Curriculum

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency
UF orthopaedic surgeons perform hand surgery at UF Health Jacksonville
PGY-1
Rotation Months
Orthopaedic Surgery 6
Plastic Surgery 1
Trauma Surgery 1
Vascular Surgery 1
SICU 1
Radiology 1
Anesthesiology 1
PGY-2
Rotation Months
Night Float 3
Sports Medicine 3
Trauma 3
Foot and Ankle 3
PGY-3
Rotation Months
Hand 3
Trauma 3
Pediatric Orthopaedics
(Nemours Children's Clinic)
3
Oncology / Adult Reconstruction 3
PGY-4
Rotation Months
Foot and Ankle
(Mayo Clinic Jacksonville)
3
Pediatric Orthopaedics
(Nemours Children's Clinic)
3
Spine 3
Adult Reconstruction
(Mayo Clinic Jacksonville)
3
PGY-5 (Chief Resident)
Rotation Months
Trauma 3
Adult Orthopaedics / Elective
(Mayo Clinic Jacksonville)
3
Sports Medicine 3
Hand and Upper Extremity 3

This section contains specific objectives for each year of training. Continuous improvement in the program and its processes is our fundamental goal.

Call

PGY-1 - Residents take 11 months of orthopaedic call during their first year. The resident on Trauma Surgery takes call with that service. Generally, each first-year resident has six to eight call periods per month. Call begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 6:30 a.m. Responsibilities include all orthopaedic consults in the emergency department and trauma center, as well as all orthopaedic patients in-house.

PGY-1 residents cover call "shifts" that include Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 p.m. to Sunday 8 a.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Sunday 8 p.m. to Monday 6:30 a.m.

The intern taking call Monday during the week will not be taking call during the weekend. Two interns will alternate twelve-hour shifts from Saturday at 8 a.m. to Monday at 8 a.m.

PGY-2 - Night float occurs from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., Sunday through Thursday night. Duties include consults and attendance at conferences.

PGY-3 - Residents take 2 weekend calls per month. While on pediatrics at Nemours Children's Clinic, home call is every 4th night.

PGY-4 and 5 - The chief takes at-home call at night and is responsible for all consultations and operative cases performed at night. He or she reports directly to the faculty.

The chief is in-house (i.e., comes in from home) for all operative cases at night and reports directly to the faculty.

The PGY-4 and 5 residents share the call responsibilities, so "chief" coverage averages one weekend in four, and each has the full weekend off following a full weekend of on-call duty.

All residents have two weekends off per month, but cover their entire service when in-house on weekends (excluding night float residents).

Conferences

All conferences are protected time and resident attendance is required.

  • Mayo/UF Video Conference: 1st, 2nd and 5th Mondays, 7-8 a.m.
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Conference: Tuesdays 6:45-7:15 a.m.
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics Nemours Children's Clinic: 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30 a.m.
  • Mayo/UF Video-Conference: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7-8 a.m.
  • UF Conference: 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays 7–8 a.m.
  • OITE Review/Small Group Sessions: 2nd and 4th Fridays, 7-8 a.m.
  • Orthopaedic Journal Club: 3rd Tuesday of the month, 6-8 p.m.
  • Morbidity, Mortality and Management: Alternating 3rd Friday of the month, 7-8 a.m.
  • Grand Rounds and Visiting Professorships: 4th Friday of the month, 7:30-9 a.m.
  • Morning Report: 6:30 a.m., Monday through Friday, residents, trauma attendings and on-call attending conduct a brief review of trauma cases from the previous night’s call. Handoffs also occur during this time.

Research

Residents are introduced to research methodology early in residency. Systematic reviews, meta-analyses, biomechanical studies and clinical studies have been accomplished by our residents. Additionally, one IRB application will be submitted and all current projects will be completed for publication. Faculty provide guidance and support. Additionally, one week elective rotation is dedicated to an international experience in a developing region when available, with opportunity for contributing to studies on care needs and disparities through this experience. Residents accompany faculty to Haiti, Peru, or Grenada.

Each resident is expected to complete one manuscript suitable for publication prior to graduation. These may be on clinical or basic science topics and are chosen by the resident with the approval of the faculty advisor. During the final year each graduate is required to present their research manuscript and are encouraged to go above and beyond the minimum.

Upon request, funding resources can be sought at the departmental and institutional levels. Dean's Fund Research Awards are available to residents and fellows. Every spring a Research Day is held with residents and fellows from all disciplines presenting their work. An annual award for resident research is a reflection of the research in our training programs. Well-designed studies conducted in collaboration with the faculty have resulted in residents and fellows presenting their research at regional, national and international meetings. Funding is made available for these presentations and residents are strongly encouraged to publish the results of their scientific projects.