Postgraduate Years

Postgraduate Year 1 (PGY1)

A group of friends smiling with their arms around each other.

PGY1 residents experience pre- and post-operative care in minor surgical procedures. They assist in developing opportunities for increased exposure through our "See More, Do More" philosophy. PGY1 residents assist with medical student teaching and also participate in teaching conferences. Three weeks of vacation are given during this first year.

PGY 1 Rotation Schedule
Block 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Site UH UH UH Metro Metro Metro Metro Metro Metro VA VA VA
Rotation ACS Surgical Oncology Transplant Pediatric Surgery General Surgery Trauma Vascular Surgery Burn SICU CT General Surgery Vascular Surgery
Outpatient 0 0 0 20 20 20 20 20 0 0 20 20
Research 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Postgraduate Year 2 (PGY 2)

Doctors in their uniforms working

In PGY 2, residents have greater responsibility for patient evaluation compared to PGY 1. PGY 2 is a year of growth and progressive responsibility, designed as an opportunity to further develop the skills acquired in PGY 1 in the operating room. The workings of the surgical team are clearly emphasized during this year. Residents are given four weeks of vacation during their second year.

PGY 2 Rotation Schedule
Block 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Site UH UH UH UH UH UH UH Metro Metro Metro Metro Metro
Rotation ACS Colorectal General Surgery Pediatric Surgery Thoracic Nights Nights Trauma General Surgery Surgical Oncology Vascular Surgery SICU
Outpatient 0 0 0 20 0 0 0 20 20 20 20 0
Research 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Postgraduate Year 3 (PGY 3)

Doctors in surgery showing the monitor

PGY 3 residents coordinate teaching of junior residents and medical students. PGY 3 is a year in which residents refine their surgical skills. A Year 3 resident should expect to serve as "chief" resident at the busy trauma surgical intensive care unit (SICU), renal transplant and acute care surgery service. He or she will have a focused endoscopy experience rotating at all three of our institutions. PGY 3 residents receive four weeks of vacation.

PGY 3 Rotation Schedule
Block 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Site UH VA UH VA UH UH Metro Metro Metro Metro Metro UH
Rotation Transplant General Surgery Breast General Surgery Endoscopy Endoscopy General Surgery General Surgery

SICU

Night

SICU Night ACS ACS
Outpatient 0 20 20 20 0 0 20 20 0 0 0 20
Research 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Postgraduate Year 4 (PGY 4)

Doctors performing surgery

As a PGY 4, the resident is the chief resident on the on the services listed in the sample rotation below. PGY 4 residents will receive four weeks of vacation.

PGY 4 Rotation Schedule
Block 1 2 3 4 5 6
Site UH UH UH UH Metro VA
Rotation ACS Pediatric Surgery Colorectal Nights Trauma Vascular Surgery
Outpatient 20 20 20 0 20 20
Research 0 0 0 0 0 0

Postgraduate Year 5 (PGY 5)

Surgery room with doctors

As residents enter into PGY 5, they become chief on all services. With this year comes the significant responsibility of teaching in the clinical setting and in conferences. Residents also are given the opportunity to serve as administrative chief resident. PGY 5 residents receive four weeks of vacation.

PGY 5 Rotation Schedule
Block 1 2 3 4 5 6
Site UH UH UH/Metro Metro Metro VA
Rotation General Surgery Surgical Oncology ACS Surgical Oncology General Surgery General Surgery
Outpatient 20 20 20 20 20 20
Research 0 0 0 0 0 0