Curriculum

Yale New Haven Hospital Orthopaedic Residency Program is sponsored by the Yale New Haven Hospital and approved by the accredited council for graduate medical education.

First Year Residents

Our five-year program begins with the PGY-1 year in the Yale-New Haven Hospital System in a diversified experience of monthly rotations that includes general surgery and polytrauma, vascular surgery, burn surgery, surgical intensive care unit, emergency room and orthopaedics. The content of the PGY-1 year is determined by the orthopaedic program director and the residents' education committee and is compliant with ACGME requirements.

Year 1
Reconstructive Orthopedics8 weeks
Pediatric Orthopedics8 weeks
General Surgery Trauma4 weeks
Vascular Surgery4 weeks
Burn Surgery4 weeks
Surgical Intensive Care Unit4 weeks
Emergency Room4 weeks
VA General Surgery4 weeks
Orthopedic Surgery Night Float8 weeks

*4 weeks of vacation are integrated into the year.

Second through Fifth Year Residents

The rotations are composed of five time blocks per year (2.4 months/rotation) evenly divided so that each resident in each year rotates through the same services and has an equivalent experience. While five years of orthopaedic residency are mandated, a total of one year of flexibility is built into the second through fifth years as long as each resident has at least 12 months of trauma experience, 6 months of pediatric orthopaedics, and 10 months of adult reconstructive surgery. This allows ample block time for research and some elective time as well. Rehabilitation experience is integrated in virtually every clinical service and is particularly comprehensive in adult reconstruction, trauma, sports, hand, spine, and pediatric orthopaedics.

Second Year Residents

During the second year, residents rotate exclusively through clinical orthopaedic services. These include orthopaedic trauma; pediatric orthopaedics; a foot and ankle service; a combined sports and hand service (designed to give exposure to these popular subspecialties early in the program); and the nearby West Haven Veterans Administration Medical Center. 

Year 2
Pediatric Orthopedics
Orthopedic Trauma
Foot & Ankle
VA Orthopedics
Sports & Hand Orthopedics

Second through Fifth Year Residents

The rotations are composed of five time blocks per year (2.4 months/rotation) evenly divided so that each resident in each year rotates through the same services and has an equivalent experience. While five years of orthopaedic residency are mandated, a total of one year of flexibility is built into the second through fifth years as long as each resident has at least 12 months of trauma experience, 6 months of pediatric orthopaedics, and 10 months of adult reconstructive surgery. This allows ample block time for research and some elective time as well. Rehabilitation experience is integrated in virtually every clinical service and is particularly comprehensive in adult reconstruction, trauma, sports, hand, spine, and pediatric orthopaedics.

Third Year Residents

Four-fifths of the year is spent at Yale-New Haven Hospital where the experience includes rotations on the trauma, spine, and adult reconstruction (joint replacement and oncology) services. A rotation at Waterbury Hospital involves each resident in a high volume, highly skilled and efficient hip and knee joint replacement experience where substantial clinical research opportunities exist. During the third year each resident is provided with an elective rotation at Yale that allows one to focus on those subspecialties that he/she is considering for fellowship education, devote protected time to research, or combine both in a self-designed experience.

Year 3
Orthopedic Trauma
Spine
Reconstructive Orthopedics
Waterbury Joint Replacement
Research

Second through Fifth Year Residents

The rotations are composed of five time blocks per year (2.4 months/rotation) evenly divided so that each resident in each year rotates through the same services and has an equivalent experience. While five years of orthopaedic residency are mandated, a total of one year of flexibility is built into the second through fifth years as long as each resident has at least 12 months of trauma experience, 6 months of pediatric orthopaedics, and 10 months of adult reconstructive surgery. This allows ample block time for research and some elective time as well. Rehabilitation experience is integrated in virtually every clinical service and is particularly comprehensive in adult reconstruction, trauma, sports, hand, spine, and pediatric orthopaedics.

Fourth Year Residents

The fourth year residents spend three-fifths of their time at Yale, one-fifth at the Veterans Administration Medical Center, and one-fifth at the Hospital of St. Raphael in New Haven. At Yale-New Haven Hospital there are separate sports, hand, and protected research rotations. At the Hospital of St. Raphael the resident is chief resident on the orthopaedic service. The Veterans Administration Medical Center rotation is also a chief resident rotation with a wide variety of adult reconstruction surgical cases and hand and upper extremity problems. A combined outpatient clinic with rheumatology adds essential experience with the non-operative management of joint diseases.

Year 4
VA Orthopedics
Hospital of St. Raphael Orthopedics
Sports
Hand
Research

Second through Fifth Year Residents

The rotations are composed of five time blocks per year (2.4 months/rotation) evenly divided so that each resident in each year rotates through the same services and has an equivalent experience. While five years of orthopaedic residency are mandated, a total of one year of flexibility is built into the second through fifth years as long as each resident has at least 12 months of trauma experience, 6 months of pediatric orthopaedics, and 10 months of adult reconstructive surgery. This allows ample block time for research and some elective time as well. Rehabilitation experience is integrated in virtually every clinical service and is particularly comprehensive in adult reconstruction, trauma, sports, hand, spine, and pediatric orthopaedics.

Fifth Year Chief Residents

During the chief residency year four-fifths of the year is spent on clinical services at Yale and one-fifth is devoted to completion of research projects begun in the earlier years. The culmination of one's research is the presentation of results at the annual disputations conference held at the end of the academic year. The clinical rotations during the chief year are trauma, spine, pediatrics, and adult reconstruction.

Year 5
Orthopedic Trauma
Spine
Pediatric Orthopedics
Reconstructive Orthopedics
Research