Surgery Medical Education Rotations

Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1)

PGY1 residents experience pre- and post-operative care in minor and major surgical procedures. They perform in level-appropriate surgical procedures under direct supervision. PGY1 residents assist with medical student teaching and also participate in teaching conferences. Three weeks of vacation are given during the first year.

Block Site Rotation
1 UH Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
2 UH Surgical Oncology
3 UH Transplant Surgery
4 UH Pediatric Surgery
5 UH Colorectal Surgery
6 UH General Surgery Nights
7 UH Vascular Surgery
8 UH Trauma Surgery
9 UH Surgical Critical Care
10 UH St. John General Surgery
11 VA Cardiothoracic Surgery
12 VA Vascular Surgery
13 VA General Surgery

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY2)

PGY2 residents have greater responsibility for patient evaluation compared to PGY1. PGY2 is a year of growth and progressive responsibility, designed as an opportunity to further develop the skills acquired as a PGY1. Residents are given four weeks of vacation during their second year.

Block Site Rotation
1 UH General Surgery Nights
2 UH General Surgery Nights
3 UH Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
4 UH Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
5 UH Surgical Oncology
6 UH Surgical Oncology
7 UH Pediatric Surgery
8 UH Pediatric Surgery
9 UH Thoracic Surgery
10 UH Thoracic Surgery
11 UH Trauma Surgery
12 UH Trauma Surgery
13 UH Surgical Critical Care

Postgraduate Year 3 (PGY3)

PGY3 is a year in which residents refine their leadership and surgical skills. A year 3 resident should expect to serve as "chief" resident at the busy trauma surgical intensive care unit (SICU), renal and liver transplant and acute care surgery service. He or she will have a focused endoscopy experience. PGY3 residents receive four weeks of vacation.

Block Site Rotation
1 UH Surgical Oncology
2 UH Colorectal Surgery
3 UH Colorectal Surgery
4 UH Surgical Endoscopy
5 UH Surgical Endoscopy
6 UH Surgical Critical Care
7 UH Surgical Critical Care
8 UH General Surgery Nights
9 UH General Surgery Nights
10 UH Vascular Surgery
11 UH Plastic Surgery
12 VA General Surgery
13 VA General Surgery

Postgraduate Year 4 (PGY4)

As a PGY4, the resident is the most senior resident on the services listed in the sample rotation below. PGY4 residents will receive four weeks of vacation.

Block Site Rotation
1 UH General Surgery
2 UH Transplant Surgery
3 UH General Surgery Nights
4 UH General Surgery Nights
5 UH Thoracic Surgery
6 UH Pediatric Surgery
7 UH Pediatric Surgery
8 UH Trauma Surgery
9 UH Trauma Surgery
10 UH St. John General Surgery
11 UH St. John General Surgery
12 VA Vascular Surgery
13 VA Vascular Surgery

Postgraduate Year 5 (PGY5)

As residents enter into PGY5, they become chief on all services. With this year comes the significant responsibility of teaching in the clinical setting and in conferences. The goal for this year is to prepare the resident for independent surgical practice. Residents also are given the opportunity to serve as administrative chief resident. PGY5 residents receive four weeks of vacation.

Block Site Rotation
1 UH Surgical Oncology
2 UH Surgical Oncology
3 UH Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
4 UH Minimally Invasive and Bariatric Surgery
5 UH Colorectal Surgery
6 UH Colorectal Surgery
7 UH Acute Care Surgery
8 UH Acute Care Surgery
9 UH Geauga General Surgery
10 UH Geauga General Surgery
11 UH Portage General Surgery
12 VA General Surgery
13 VA General Surgery
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