Junior Resident (PGY-2, 3)

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The junior resident is the resident liaison between the upper level residents and the interns/medical students.


The PGY-2 year constitutes the second half of a "core" program which prepares the resident to continue in General Surgery or to enter one of the surgical specialties.

During the second and third year, residents are responsible for overseeing daily care of floor patients and patients in the SICU. They are also responsible, when designated as the consult resident, to evaluate patients on the floor and in the ICU, then discussing the clinical details with the chief resident and/or staff member.Mid-level residents also are primarily relied upon to evaluate ER consults.

The end of the PGY-2 year would be the appropriate time for a resident interested in completing research to take time out for this purpose.

PGY-2 Rotation Breakdown
Rotation Length
VA Hospital* 2 Months
Advanced Laparoscopic/Hepatobiliary 1 Month
Crouse Hospital* 1 Month
SICU 2 Months
ER (day) 1 Month
ER (night) 2 Months
Acute Care Surgery (night) 1 Month
Burns 1 Month
FLOAT 1 Month


During the third year the resident assumes a progressively increasing amount of responsibility including taking the role of senior resident on the pediatric surgery service and acting as the sole resident on the colorectal service at an outside hospital.

PGY-3 Rotation Breakdown
Rotation Length
Elective General Surgery 5 Weeks
Colorectal Surgery (St. Joe's) 10 Weeks
Crouse Hospital* 5 Weeks
Trauma (day chief) 10 Weeks
Pediatric Surgery 10 Weeks
Vascular (University Hospital) 5 Weeks
Thoracic/Transplant 5 Weeks

* Go to Program Overview (Affiliated Hospitals) to see what services are covered