Rotation Structure

Rotation Structure

Rotation Level: PGY1 (Intern Year)

The first year includes three (3) months of surgical rotations, three (3) months of non-surgical rotations and six (6) months of orthopedic rotations per the ABOS requirements.

The first year is a combined surgical and non-surgical program supervised through the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. First-year residents spend three months on surgical rotations to include General Surgery, Plastics and Surgical Trauma Intensive Care. An additional three months focus on the non-surgical areas of Anesthesia, Radiology and Basic Surgical Skills.  The remaining six months are solely focused on orthopedics.

  • 1 month – General Surgery
  • 1 month – Plastic Surgery
  • 1 month – Surgical Trauma Intensive Care
  • 1 month – Anesthesia
  • 1 month – Musculoskeletal Radiology
  • 1 month – Basic Surgical Skills
  • 3 months – Orthopaedics at LBJ (Harris Health)
  • 2 months – Orthopaedic Trauma (MHH)
  • 1 month – Spine

Rotation Level: PGY2

The second year rotations include two Orthopaedic trauma rotations and one rotation each of LBJ, pediatrics, oncology and foot/ankle. The six 2-month blocks take place at Memorial Hermann Hospital, LBJ, MHOSH, Memorial Hermann Memorial City, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and Memorial Hermann Pearland.

  • Pediatrics
  • Oncology
  • Foot/Ankle
  • Orthopaedic Trauma (x2)
  • Orthopaedics – LBJ

Rotation Level: PGY3

In the third year the residents continue to gain experience in Orthopaedic trauma in addition to exposure to varied sub-specialties including spine, hand, sports medicine and total joints. The five 10-week blocks take place at MHH, MHH IRONMAN Sports Medicine, MHOSH, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City.

  • Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Adult Reconstruction/Total Joints
  • Sports Medicine
  • Hand and Upper Extremity
  • Spine
  • Research

Rotation Level: PGY4

The fourth year rotations include LBJ, total joints, hand, spine, pediatrics and oncology. The five 10-week blocks take place at LBJ, MHH, MHOSH, and Memorial Hermann Memorial City.

  • Adult Reconstruction/Total Joints
  • Orthopaedics – LBJ
  • Hand and Upper Extremity
  • Spine
  • Pediatrics/Oncology

Rotation Level: PGY5

During this final year, resident rotations include Orthopaedic trauma, LBJ, foot/ankle, sports and an elective rotation, usually coinciding with their fellowship plans. The five 10-week blocks take place at LBJ, MHH, Memorial Hermann Memorial City, and MHOSH. With an emphasis on leadership, this year is considered the chief resident year. The Chiefs at MHH and LBJ are responsible for administering the numerous resident functions and assist in providing organizational and administrative leadership for the residency program.

  • Orthopaedics – LBJ
  • Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Foot/Ankle
  • Sports Medicine
  • Elective Rotation