Orthopedic Residency FAQ

How is call set up?
For Adult and Pediatric Orthopedic trauma, there is a first call (PGY-1,2,3), and a second call (PGY-3,4,5) on each night.

First call includes acute care at the Emergency Department at ORMC and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, as well as inpatient care at ORMC. First call is covered by the Night Float resident(s) Sunday night through Thursday night. Friday, Saturday, and daytime Sunday are covered by a separate weekend call team. While not on the night float rotation, most junior residents are on weekend first call for 2 weekends per month.

Interns are limited to 16 hours per shift. The first six months of the year (July – December), interns share first call duties with a second or third year resident in order to hone their skills. Interns will spend one month on night-float with a third year resident during their first six months. After the first six months, interns cover first call without another junior resident in house. The interns will cover a second month of night float in the spring.

As a third year, residents are paired with the interns for first call duties during the first six months, and thereafter take second call.

How much vacation time is given each year?
Three weeks (15 work days) of vacation are given each year in addition to one holiday week during the Winter holidays.

Conference Leave?
Second year through 5th year residents typically have about a week of leave devoted to conferences, separate from vacation time. Research performed at Orlando Health may be presented at conferences around the country.

What is average Case volume?
On average, graduating chiefs are logging more than 2000 to 2500 cases.

Do residents have food available on call/when in the hospital?
Residents may dine in the cafeteria using their bi-weekly food stipend. There is coffee, tea, and water available in the doctors’ lounge.

Intern schedule?
The intern year is divided into six months of orthopedics and six months of off service rotations. The orthopedic surgery blocks are broken down as follows: 2 months on the orthopedic night float rotation and 4 months on the Gold and Green Team Orthopedic Surgery services. These services are primarily General, Adult Reconstruction, and Trauma Orthopedics. Other rotations include one month of each: Vascular surgery, Plastic surgery, Infectious Disease Medicine, Neurosurgery, Burn Surgical Care and Management, and General Surgery Trauma. During the 1 month on Trauma surgery, the resident takes call for the general surgery department. For the other 11 months, the resident takes Orthopedic call as outlined above.

Resident family-life?
We have a good mix of married and non-married residents, with slightly less than half of the residents currently married. Four of the residents have children.

There are opportunities for the resident to earn extra income, as long as they do not interfere with the residents ability to achieve the goals and objectives of the educational program and are approved by the Program Director. Moonlighting hours are counted towards the 80-hour Maximum Weekly Hour Limit. PGY1 residents are not permitted to moonlight.