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PGY-1 Curriculum

The PGY-1 year is under the direct supervision of Department of Orthopedic Surgery.   A diverse twelve-month experience has been developed, in accordance with regulations of the American Board of Orthopedic Surgery, to provide a balanced year. A performance consistent with the high standards of the Department of Orthopedics is expected of every orthopedic PGY-1 resident.

PGY-1 residents rotate in the Orthopedic Surgery Service at Maimonides Medical Center for 6 months. They are active in the emergency room, office practices, pre-and post-operative patient management, as well as inpatient care for all orthopedic services. They experience a full complement of adult reconstruction, spine, foot and ankle, hand, sports medicine, and shoulder and elbow surgery.

PGY-1 residents spend one month rotating in a variety of different specialties that are applicable to orthopedics, including Anesthesia, Musculoskeletal Imaging, and Emergency Medicine. One-month rotations are also spent in Vascular Surgery services, as well as two months in General Surgery. An additional month is spent in the University of Maryland Shock Trauma.


 A longitudinal simulation training curriculum has been developed, based on the ABOS Surgical Skills Modules (  These training modules occur at our newly established Orthopaedic Simulation Laboratory to provide training in skills used in the initial management of injured patients and basic operative skills to prepare residents to participate in surgical procedures.

PGY-1 residents are provided with an orthopedic textbook to study throughout the PGY-1 year to prepare for the PGY-2 year.  They are required to take the Orthopedic In-Training Examination and to pass Step 3 of the USMLE.

PGY-1 Rotations

Orthopedics-MMC (6 months)
General Surgery- MMC (one month)
Vascular Surgery- MMC (one month)
Trauma Surgery- Shock Trauma (one month)
Anesthesia- MMC (one month)
Musculoskeletal Imaging (one month)
Emergency Medicine (one month)
Basic Skill Training (longitudinal)