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Rotation Schedule


Year 1 Non-categorical

Rotation Approximate Months on Service
General Surgery 7 months
Trauma 4 months
Orthopedics or Pediatrics                         1 month

Year 1 Categorical   

Rotation Approximate Months on Service
General Surgery 7 months
Trauma  2 months
HPB  1 month

Orthopedic Trauma/GU

1 month
Pediatric Surgery  1 month

Year 2

 Rotation Approximate Months on Service
General Surgery 5 months                                                 
Trauma / Critical Care             2 months
Transplant  2 months
HPB 2 months
Mid-level Night Float 1 month

Year 3

 Rotation  Approximate Months on Service
General Surgery 5 months                                               
Trauma/Critical Care 2 months
Mid-level Night Float 2 months

1 month

Vascular Surgery 1 month
Elective 1 month


Year 4  

 Rotation  Approximate Months on Service
Trauma                                   1 month                                                                                                   
Pediatric Surgery 2.5 months

Cardiothoracic Surgery 

1.5 months
Emergency General Surgery 2 months
HPB 2.5 months
Night Float 2.5 months

Year 5

 Rotation  Approximate Months on Service
General Surgery  8 months (includes 3 months of intensive
laparoscopic surgery experience)                    
Elective 1 month
CMC-Mercy                3 months

The PGY-5 year includes 8 months of general surgery as the chief resident on one of the general surgery services. This includes teaching and supervising junior residents and medical students. This includes 3 months completing a mini-fellowship in advanced laparoscopic surgery. During this year, chief residents gain extensive experience in complex surgical cases.

Research Year

One optional year of research is available between the PGY-2 and PGY-3 years. 

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