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Year Three


As part of the third-year curriculum, PGY3 general surgery residents at IU School of Medicine rotate at all five of the school’s clinical partner facilities in downtown Indianapolis as well as IU Health West Hospital.

Learning Objectives

The third year of residency training enables trainees to gain greater decision-making responsibility through consultation opportunities as the most senior-level resident on the transplant, SICU, breast surgery and IU Health West Hospital rotations. These residents also serve as the mid-level resident at the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Eskenazi Health with a PGY4 resident serving as their chief. PGY3 residents are also allowed an elective month as a means for future career exploration. In the third year, residents should experience appropriate increases in both clinical and operative autonomy to ensure preparation to take on the appropriate chief-level rotations assigned during the PGY4 year.

All PGY3 residents gain experience in general, vascular, thoracic, plastic/burns, transplant and trauma surgery as well as in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU).

Call Schedule

On average, PGY3 residents take alternating weekend call at IU Health Methodist Hospital, Eskenazi Health, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and IU Health University Hospital. All PGY 3 residents participate in a month-long block of night float. Rotations away from the downtown IU School of Medicine campus are incorporated into either the Eskenazi Health or IU Methodist call pool as determined by the administrative chief residents.


  • Night Float (IU Health University Hospital)
  • Night Float (Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital or IU Health Methodist Hospital)
  • IU Health University Hospital Team B (General Surgery/Colorectal)
  • IU Health University Hospital Team D (General Surgery/Endocrine)
  • IU Health University Hospital Transplant
  • IU Health University Hospital SICU
  • Roudebush Veterans Affairs Hospital General Surgery
  • Roudebush Veterans Affairs Hospital or Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital (Thoracic/Vascular Surgery)
  • Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital Team 1 (General Surgery)
  • Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital Team 3 (Trauma Surgery)
  • IU Health West Hospital (General Surgery)
  • Elective

Residents in the PGY3 year participate in the ASSET (Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma) course taught by IU School of Medicine trauma surgeons at Eskenazi Health and IU Health Methodist Hospital. This curriculum is sponsored by the American College of Surgeons. PGY3 residents also participate in lap crisis simulation sessions at the school’s Simulation Lab at Fairbanks Hall in Indianapolis.