Second Year

PGY 2 general surgery residents at Indiana University rotate at all five downtown facilities - University Hospital, Methodist Hospital, Roudebush VA, Riley Children’s Hospital, and Eskenazi Hospital.  They also rotate at St. Francis Hospital for endoscopy on the south side of Indianapolis and in Mooresville, and our IU North facility located in Carmel (north side of Indianapolis).  PGY 2 responsibilities include evaluating and planning for treatment of patients, attending rounds, outpatient clinics, and conferences, taking on the role as surgeon junior when the opportunity presents itself, and participating as a member of the educational staff for junior and senior medical students during their surgical clerkships.

PGY 2 house staff should expect to see increases in both clinical and operative autonomy throughout the year.  A major goal of the PGY 2 year is to see appropriate increases in these areas so that they are ready to take on the appropriate mid-level role in their PGY 3 year. 

All PGY 2 trainees, regardless of categorical or preliminary match status, gain corresponding exposure and experience during their second year in general, vascular, pediatric, thoracic, plastic/burns, and trauma surgery, as well as exposure and experience in the SICU and TICU (both at Methodist Hospital).  PGY 2 residents on average take call every fourth night at Riley Children’s Hospital, and alternating weekend call at Methodist, Eskenazi, VA, and University.  All PGY 2 residents participate in a month long block of night float.  Rotations away from the downtown campus will be incorporated into either the Eskenazi or Methodist call pool, determined by the administrative chief residents.  Rotations for all PGY 2 residents are currently one-month long.

Below is a listing of possible rotations during the PGY 2 year.  Residents must achieve 250 cases by the end of their PGY 2 training year to be promoted to a PGY 3 resident per new guidelines established by the American Board of Surgery. 

PGY 2 Rotations

  • IU Team A (General Surgery/HPB)
  • Riley Hospital (Pediatric Surgery)
  • Plastic/Burns 
  • Night Float (ESK or MH) 
  • ESK 4 (Vascular/Thoracic Surgery
  • MH Trauma Surgery
  • MH Emergency General Surgery
  • MH Vascular Surgery
  • IU North (General Surgery/Endocrine)
  • Endoscopy 

Hospital Abbreviations

  • IU – University Hospital
  • ESK – Eskenazi Hospital
  • VA – Veterans Affairs Hospital
  • Riley – IU Health Riley Children’s Hospital
  • MH – Methodist Hospital


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