PGY-5 residents return to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for their chief year. The year is divided equally between the three primary orthopaedic services at Jefferson. The PGY-5's main responsibility is to fine tune surgical skills in the operating room and clinical skills in the office.
Other duties include the supervising and teaching junior residents and medical students and preparing weekly clinical conferences. The chief resident also acts as the backup call to the PGY-2's.
Chief residents also spend two months as the acting administrative chief. During this time they are responsible for scheduling the clinical conferences, vacations and the monthly call schedules.
At the end of the PGY-5 year, the orthopaedic resident is expected to demonstrate the clinical skills and orthopaedic knowledge appropriate for a finishing chief resident.
PGY-5 Year Rotation
(each block two months)
Spine - two rotations|
Joints - two rotations
Sports - two rotations
Shoulder - one rotation
Elective - one rotation