Program Structure

The Yale Orthopaedic Surgery Residency offers comprehensive training, abundant research opportunities, and a warm collegial environment.




On-call Requirements and Vacation Time

All residents are given equivalent rotations and experience almost identical clinical exposure throughout the year. In general, residents are on call at Yale-New Haven Hospital once every four nights and at the chief resident level may take call from home approximately once every four nights. The mandated 80-hour workweek is strictly adhered to, as averaged over 4 week periods. 

Residents are given three weeks of vacation each year. In addition, all resident PGY2 through PGY5 may attend one course per year, fully paid for by the department. This course may include Board review courses, Basic Trauma Courses or another course of the resident’s choosing. Residents are provided funding and time off to present at research meetings as well.

Program and Resident Evaluations

The residency program is continually evaluated by several means. The program directors meet twice each year with each resident individually to evaluate the rotations and the program as a whole and discuss furthering their learning and career objectives. The entire faculty assesses the educational aspects of the program at semi-annual meetings. The faculty evaluates individual resident performance after each rotation and twice a year a summary is generated at a faculty meeting. After each rotation, residents fill in an online evaluation of each faculty member worked with and program directors provides this information anonymously at a later time to the faculty.

Research Opportunities

Protected research time is available during the final three years of the residency as a 10 to 11 week rotation per year with scaled-down clinical duties. Residents are expected to complete one publishable work of original research to present during their chief year, however most have a wide variety of research interests and publications throughout the five years. Residents have access to several full-time research faculty and on-going projects within the department. Residents are encouraged to apply for pilot funding through the department for their research projects. Funds are allocated to support resident travel for educational courses and for presentation of research at national meetings.