All junior level residents (PGY-1 and PGY-2) are assigned a senior-level resident (PGY-III and PGY-IV) mentor. The mentors are usually paired with the junior residents on the rotation schedule as well. This buddy system has been extremely effective for our residency training program. Residents are very comfortable in communicating with each other on the continual rigors of orthopedic training, as well as life outside of residency training. PGY-1 residents are initially assigned a PGY-3 resident mentor and these residents remain paired through the end of the PGY-2 year. Once that resident completes his or her PGY-2 year, they then become a mentor at the start of their PGY-3 year to an incoming PGY-1 resident.
Faculty Mentorship Program
Not only are the junior residents given a resident mentor, but all trainees are assigned a faculty mentor for the duration of the residency training upon starting the program. This mentor acts as a liaison for the resident to the program director and chair. This faculty mentor also guides and advises the assigned resident on progression within the program and counsels when necessary. Resident mentees also rely on their mentors for career planning after residency.