Rotation and conference schedule


Sample schedule for each year

PGY-1 (13 four-week blocks)

  • Six months of orthopaedic surgery rotations
  • Trauma night float
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Surgical oncology
  • Radiology
  • Plastic surgery
  • Geriatric/rheumatology

PGY-2 through 5 (Five 10-week blocks)


  • VA (gen ortho)
  • Hand/foot and ankle
  • Joints
  • Sports
  • Night float


  • Tumor
  • Pediatrics
  • Trauma
  • Research
  • VA (gen. ortho)


  • Joints
  • Night Float
  • Spine
  • Shoulder/Elbow
  • Hand/foot and ankle


  • Tumor
  • VA (gen ortho)
  • Sports
  • Pediatrics
  • Trauma/Administrative Chief

All rotations are completed at VCU Medical Center with the exception of the VA rotations and half of pediatric rotations which are done at St. Mary’s Hospital. All rotations are in Richmond.

Cadaver and sawbone labs

Throughout the year, we have frequent fresh cadaver and sawbone labs in multiple subspecialties staff by our own VCU attendings or invited faculty.

Click the image below to view images from these labs, as well as of our brand new team room.


 All conferences are dedicated academic time

  • Mondays: 6:45-7:30 a.m. – Fracture Conference
  • Tuesdays: 5-6 p.m. – Basic Science Conference for PGY-1 and PGY-2
  • Thursdays: 7-8 a.m. – Indications Conference for each rotation
  • Fridays: 7-10 a.m. – Orthopedic Teaching Conference (lectures given by attendings on rotating schedule of topics)
  • Second Thursday of each month: 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Grand Rounds
  • Anatomy/surgical exposure labs, guest speakers and other assorted presentations throughout the year


  • Residents are allotted three weeks of vacation every year in addition to five days at either Christmas or New Years.
  • Time is also allotted for attendance at conferences and for residents to give presentations at conferences throughout the year.

Duty Hours

  • There is strict adherence to the 80-hour work week and the remainder of duty hour rules put forth by the ACGME.


  • There is a night float system in place Sunday night through Thursday night.
  • Weekend call is distributed evenly amongst PGY-2 through PGY-5 residents with five call weekends every 12-week period.
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