Department of Orthopedic Surgery

Orthopedic Residency Curriculum


Call Assignments/On-Call Duties


Residents create and manage the call schedule.

Ben Taub

  • In-house junior (PGY 1-2) and senior resident (PGY 3-4)
  • Seven to eight calls per month per resident
  • Includes residents on foot, oncology and spine rotations


  • Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center at McNair (70 percent), Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center (30 percent)
  • Four to five in-house primary calls

Texas Children’s Hospital

  • Baylor  in-house (PGY2-4) residents
  • Seven to eight calls per month per resident
  • Composed of residents assigned to Texas Children’s Hospital only

Chief Resident Call

  • One week out of six weeks

View our training sites to learn more about what our residents experience throughout their rotations. 


Didactic and Conferences


Educational Conferences

  • Intern-Year Residents - Resident Fundamentals Course (OTA)
  • Second-Year Residents - Resident Basic Fracture Course (AO)
  • Third-Year Residents - Arthroscopy Course (AAOS or AANA)
  • Fourth-Year Residents –Resident Advanced Fracture Course (AO)
  • Fifth-Year Residents - AAOS Annual Meeting, Maine Review Course, and AO Fellowship

Didactics and Lectures

  • Grand Rounds, Friday morning, weekly
  • Orthopedic Journal Club (off-site), monthly
  • Morbidity and Modality, once per quarter
  • Resident Didactics (Basic Science and Subspecialty lecture), Wednesday morning, weekly
  • Foot and Ankle Conference, weekly
  • Hand Case Conference, Monday morning, weekly
  • Pediatric Orthopedics Indications Conference, weekly
  • Spine Case Conference, Thursday morning, weekly
  • Sports Medicine Conference, Monday morning, weekly
  • Total Joints Case Conference, Tuesday morning, weekly
  • OITE review series, yearly
  • Anatomy lecture series, yearly
  • Mandatory Seminars/Conferences
  • St. Luke’s Annual Symposium
  • Edward T. Smith Conference
  • MD Anderson Cancer Institute Pathology Conference
  • Additional conferences as determined by the department

Resident Mentorship Program


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.