Curriculum by Post-Graduate Year (PGY)


As residents advance through the program, they assume increasing responsibility for the care of their patients.

The PGY-I resident is responsible for the initial work-up and basic care of all new patients on his/her service, under the supervision of the chief resident and attending/teaching surgeon.  The PGYI resident performs operations such as: amputations, appendectomies, herniorrhaphies, hemorrhoidectomies and other minor procedures.  The average PGYI resident will perform 100 cases.

The PGY-II resident rotates on services designed to prepare for subsequent advanced education in general surgery and/or any of the specialty surgeries.  The PGYII resident rotates on breast, SICU, acute care surgery and two general surgery services.

The PGY-III resident functions as the senior resident on two of four rotations.  He/she rounds with the junior residents; and performs major operations with an attending/teaching surgeon who will supervise and/or assist.  The PGYIII resident rotates on burn, pediatric surgery, general surgery and vascular surgery.

The PGY-IV resident serves as a chief during outside rotations; and is continually challenged with more complex surgical cases.  The PGYIV resident assumes increasing responsibility for the management of both inpatients and outpatients.  In addition to general surgery rotations, the PGYIV resident rotates on trauma, advanced laparoscopy and transplant surgery services.  These services expose the resident to both public and private practice settings.  Three of the four rotations are off-campus.

The PGY-V, the chief surgical resident, is responsible for the complete management and supervision of his/her service. The chief resident directs patient treatment and oversees the education of all interns and residents on the service under the guidance of the attendings. A PGY V conducts daily rounds on all patients, and performs and/or assigns operations to other members of the house staff under his/her supervision. Upon completion of five years of training, a resident is Board-Eligible. The average PGY V will perform 225 cases with an overall of 1,000 major cases throughout their 5 years.

The current rotations for the 2014-2015 Academic Year are as follows:

2.5 Month Rotation 2.5 Month Rotation 2.5 Month Rotation 2.5 Month Rotation 2.5 Month Rotation
PGY-V General Surgery
MIHS
Acute Care Surgery
MIHS
General Surgery
Scottsdale Healthcare
Acute Care Surgery
Scottsdale Healthcare
General Surgery/
Surgical Subspecialties


3 Month Rotation 3 Month Rotation 3 Month Rotation 6 Week Rotation 6 Week
Rotation
PGY-IV

Trauma Surgery
MIHS

Vascular Surgery
Scottsdale Healthcare
Advanced
Laparoscopy
Portland
Transplant
Mayo Clinic -
Arizona
Thoracic Surgery
Scottsdale Healthcare


3 Month Rotation 3 Month Rotation 3 Month Rotation 6 Week Rotation 6 Week
Rotation
PGY-III

Head & Neck/Vascular
MIHS

Pediatric Surgery
MIHS
Burn Surgery
MIHS
Transplant
Mayo Clinic -
Arizona
Elective


4 Month Rotation 2 Month Rotation 2 Month Rotation 2 Month Rotation 2 Month Rotation
PGY-II SICU
MIHS
General Surgery
MIHS
Breast Surgery
MIHS
Acute Care Surgery
MIHS
General Surgery
Scottsdale Healthcare
Shea Campus


8 Weeks 4 Weeks 4 Weeks 4 Weeks 4 Weeks 4 Weeks
PGY-I General Surgery
MIHS
Vascular/
Anesthesia
MIHS
Trauma Surgery
MIHS
Neuro-Surgery
MIHS
Urology
MIHS
Acute Care Surgery
MIHS
4 Weeks 4 Weeks 4 Weeks 4 Weeks 4 Weeks 4 Weeks
PGY-I
cont.
Plastic Surgery
MIHS
Head & Neck
MIHS
SICU
MIHS
Burn Surgery
MIHS
Hand Surgery
MIHS
General Surgery
Scottsdale
Shea

 

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