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Program Structure

The Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program provides the resident with a rich educational experience through its home institution, Stony Brook Medicine, and two affiliated hospitals, Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Winthrop University Hospital as well as an additional Orthopaedic Oncology experience at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.

Rotations are provided in the subspecialties of Hand Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery, Microsurgery, Pediatric Orthopaedics, General Orthopaedics, Spinal Surgery, Trauma, Sports Medicine/Arthroscopy, Joint Replacement and Reconstruction, Upper Extremity Surgery, and Orthopaedic Oncology. There is uninterrupted participation in the comprehensive management of patients in all subspecialties, from initial ambulatory encounter, through admission and treatment processes, to rehabilitation and follow-up. All residents at all hospitals get a balanced experience of clinical and diagnostic orthopaedics, as well as surgical management of orthopaedic problems.

 

Postgraduate Year 1

The following rotations are primarily based at Stony Brook University Hospital, with variable experience at the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

  • 4 Months General Surgery (any of the following):
    • General Surgery
    • Trauma Surgery
    • Pediatric Surgery
    • Plastic Surgery
    • Ear, Nose & Throat Surgery
  • 1 Month Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • 1 Month Anesthesia
  • 6 Months Orthopaedics (any of the following):
    • Spine
    • Hand
    • Trauma
    • Adult Reconstruction
    • Sports Medicine
    • Consult Pager
    • Surgical Skills

The first year of residency provides for an introduction to evaluating, assessing, and treating surgically-related complaints. The non-orthopaedic experience teaches residents to consider multi-organ complications. The orthopaedic experience provides for a strong foundation and introduction to operative and non-operative orthopaedics.

 

Postgraduate Year 2

The following rotations are divided between Stony Brook University Hospital and Winthrop University Hospital

  • Consult Pager
  • Night Float
  • Pediatrics
  • Spine
  • Trauma
  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Sports Medicine
  • Research

The second year of residency marks the first year of full immersion into orthopaedics, with residents handling floor, emergency, preoperative, and postoperative orthopaedic complaints autonomously, with supervision as needed. Operative experience becomes paramount as residents develop a depth of orthopaedic knowledge for treatment plans.

 

Postgraduate Year 3

The following rotations are divided between Stony Brook University Hospital, Winthrop University Hospital, Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

  • Hand
  • Foot & Ankle
  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Sports
  • Trauma
  • Orthopaedic Oncology (SBUH & at MSKCC)
  • Research

Third year residents have increased responsibility and tremendous operative time. A significant portion of the experience is more of the elective part of orthopaedic practice, as rotations through the Northport VA and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center are added for autonomous and unique experiences. 

 

Postgraduate Year 4

The following rotations are primarily based at Stony Brook University Hospital, with variable experience at sister hospital Winthrop University Hospital.

  • Trauma
  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Hand
  • Pediatrics
  • Foot & Ankle
  • Spine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Research

In the fourth year of residency, responsibility and role in the decision-making processes of orthopaedic management are greatly increased. Additionally, there is a dedicated one month research rotation where clinical duties are greatly reduced and attention is directed toward academic pursuits.

 

Postgraduate Year 5

The following rotations are primarily based at Stony Brook University Hospital, with variable experience at sister hospitals Winthrop University Hospital and the Northport Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

  • Trauma
  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Orthopaedic Oncology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Elective
  • Research

All fifth year residents are referred to as Chiefs. Chiefs are in charge of the services on which they rotate. Case selection has much more flexibility and can be slanted toward resident interest when possible. Two residents are additionally selected as Administrative Chiefs, which adds the responsibility of monitoring and improving elements of the entire Residency Program.