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Year One


First-year general surgery residents at IU School of Medicine rotate at all five of the school’s downtown Indianapolis clinical facilities and serve as members of the assigned surgical care team. Residents evaluate and plan for the treatment of patients; attend rounds, outpatient clinics and conferences; assist in the operating room; and participate as a member of the educational staff for third- and fourth-year medical students during their surgical clerkships.

PGY1 surgery residents receive indirect supervision by senior residents and faculty attendings.

Learning Objectives

During this first year, residents learn to assume daily primary care responsibility for patients on their service, to understand complex problems of critically ill patients and perform mandated interventions when necessary. The main goal of the PGY1 experience is to ensure that residents understand the principles of pre- and post-operative care. Residents gain valuable insight in the operating room as both first assistant and surgeon junior under the direct supervision of faculty attendings or senior residents. Regardless of categorical or preliminary match status, all first-year residents gain corresponding exposure and experience in general, vascular, pediatric, transplant and trauma surgery as well as experience in the surgical intensive care unit (SICU).

Call Schedule

First year general surgery residents, on average, take call every fourth night at IU Health Methodist Hospital and Riley Children’s Hospital, and alternating weekend call at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and IU Health University Hospital. All first-year surgery residents participate in a month-long block of night float. Rotations last for one month and are not to exceed the 80-hour work week.


  • IUH University Hospital Team A (General Surgery/HPB)
  • IUH University Hospital Team B (General Surgery/Colorectal)
  • IUH University Hospital Team C (General Surgery/HPB)
  • IUH University Hospital Team D (General Surgery/Endocrine)
  • IUH University Hospital Transplant
  • IUH University Hospital Night Float IUH Riley Hospital (Pediatric Surgery)
  • Roudebush Veterans Affairs Hospital General Surgery
  • Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital SICU
  • Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital Team 1 (General Surgery)
  • Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital Team2 (General Surgery)
  • Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital Team 3 (Trauma Surgery)
  • IUH Methodist Hospital Trauma Surgery
  • IUH Methodist Hospital Green A (General Surgery)
  • IUH Methodist Hospital Green B (General Surgery)
  • IUH Methodist Hospital Emergency General Surgery

Rotations are always subject to change. Categorical intern rotation schedules are often “super blocked,” allowing for more opportunities for continuity of care along with developing relationships with operative faculty in order to gain the most possible out of the rotation. In addition, all PGY1 residents acquire Advanced Trauma Life Support (ABLS) training through the Smith Level I Shock Trauma Center at Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital.