First-year residents complete six months of non-orthopaedic rotations that include trauma surgery, surgical intensive care, plastic surgery, neurosurgery, musculoskeletal radiology, one month of surgical skills training, and six months of orthopaedic rotations that include orthopaedic trauma, pediatric orthopaedics, sports medicine, oncology/spine and orthopaedic night float.
Second-year residents increase their orthopaedic responsibilities to include rotations in adult reconstruction, pediatric orthopaedics, trauma, foot and ankle, as well as a rotation at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. The PGY 2 resident begins taking in-house orthopaedic call with the support of a more senior resident, a chief resident and department faculty. Primary responsibilities of residents in the second year of training include covering the Level I Trauma Center at Riley Hospital for Children and the emergency departments at IU Health and the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center. In addition, PGY 2 residents must attend a comprehensive fracture course.
The third year of this residency program consists of a split between junior and senior responsibilities. Rotations include spine, trauma (Eskenazi Health and IU Health Methodist Hospital), oncology and hand orthopaedics. Call is split between junior and senior level call. Senior-level call responsibilities include advising junior residents and covering the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health. PGY 3 residents must attend a prosthetics and orthotics courses.
Fourth-year residents are considered to be at the senior level. Rotations include general orthopaedics, adult reconstruction, sports medicine, pediatric orthopaedics and trauma. Call is split between senior in-house call and home call.
Fifth-year residents, or chief residents, participate in a home-call rotation with duties to assist the in-house junior residents. Chief residents also have increasing administrative duties and act as liaisons to the residency program director. The PGY 5 curriculum includes trauma, upper extremity, pediatric orthopaedics, a rotation at the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and an elective. Chief residents are given the choice of attending the Academy Annual Meeting or a Board Review Course.