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Resident Operative Experience

AGH LecturesResidents training at Allegheny General Hospital become well-rounded orthopaedic surgeons as attested to by patients, fellowship directors and faculty. The operative experience at AGH is extensive and begins during the six-month orthopaedic rotation during the PGY 1 year. Early involvement in hands-on operative techniques allows the resident to refine and perfect his/her abilities over the five-year program.

During the orthopaedic Internship, interns spend six months rotating through the orthopaedic service. Their duties include coverage during the day shift as well as night float to experience all aspects of orthopaedic trauma at a Level 1 trauma center. During their orthopaedic rotation, the PGY 1 resident is primarily responsible for managing emergency department and floor consults; however, the intern will cover one day in the operating room as well. During down time, the interns are strongly encouraged and welcome to assist in the OR.

Case logs begin in the PGY 2 year. PGY 5 residents leave the program with 1,800-2,500 procedures logged over the course of four years. Because of the attending to resident ratio, it is rare for more than one resident to be present in any one surgical case, but not uncommon for cases to go without resident coverage. This allows the resident to obtain a tremendous hands-on surgical experience. 

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