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Junior Resident (PGY-2, 3)

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.  They are responsible for overseeing daily care of floor patients and patients in the SICU.  When designated as Night Consults resident, they are responsible to evaluating patients in the ER, on the wards, and in the ICU, then discussing clinical details with the chief resident and/or attending staff.

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.

PGYII rotations
PGY-2 Rotation Breakdown for 2023/24
Rotation Length
Crouse Hospital 1 month
Consults (day) 1 month
Consults (nights) 2 months (1 month each)
Endoscopy 1 month
SICU 2 months
Thoracic 2 months
VA Hospital 2 months
Vascular 1 month


During the third year the resident assumes a progressively increasing amount of responsibility. This includes taking the role of chief resident on the pediatric surgery and trauma services. The rotations are either 5 or 9 weeks in length.

PGY III rotations
PGY-3 Rotation Breakdown for 2023/24
Rotation Length
Breast 1 month
Crouse Hospital 1 month
Night Float 2 months (one at a time)
Pediatric Surgery 2 months
Surgery Oncology I 2 months
Trauma (day chief) 2 months (one at a time)
VA Hospital 2 months