As a resident, you will be an integral part of the team from day one. You will operate early and often – your attendings and senior residents will expect a lot out of you but will also guide you as you move along. We have created an environment that is committed to developing strong surgeons as well as strong bonds between residents and attendings. 

As a PGY 1, you will spend six months doing orthopedics and six months on off-service rotations in emergency medicine, plastic surgery, anesthesia, surgical intensive care, physical medicine and rehabilitation and trauma surgery. Each year you will complete a two-month rotation in orthopedic trauma at an American College of Surgeons Level I trauma center, as well as a two-month rotation in general orthopedics at Mercy Health St. Joseph Warren Hospital. 

Other rotations completed between PGY 2 and PGY 5 years include sports, spine, foot and ankle, hand, joints and pediatrics in Cincinnati. During PGY 4 and PGY 5 years, you will have an opportunity for elective rotations. We pride ourselves on our work ethic, but also on the family-friendly culture we have created here. Outside the hospital, residents spend time together and are involved in the lives of each other's families. 

Compensation and Benefits

Salary

  • PGY 1: $57,700
  • PGY 2: $59,800
  • PGY 3: $61,800
  • PGY 4: $64,100
  • PGY 5: $67,100

Insurance

  • Health insurance is available for resident and eligible dependents as per hospital policy. Includes a resident contribution and the following benefits: medical, prescription drug, dental, and vision care administered through an approved provider program.
  • Long-term disability insurance is payable to eligible employees according to hospital policy.
  • Life insurance is provided for in the amount of one-time payment of the resident's annual salary.
  • Professional liability insurance is provided in the form of an occurrence policy for coverage of all residency-related critical activities.

Paid Time Off

  • PGY 1: 15 workdays
  • PGY 2-PGY 5: 18 workdays

Academic Stipend

Board review course for senior-level residents and education allowance each year is provided with the approval of the program director. Residents are eligible for $1,500 and five days of conference time per academic year.

Other Benefits

  • Moving expenses: A one-time moving allowance is available for eligible residents of no more than $1,000. This is subject to IRS rules, original receipts required. Program directors determine eligibility.
  • Meals: A $250 monthly food allowance in the hospital cafeteria is provided to each resident.
  • Parking: Free parking in attached, gated garage on the hospital campus
  • Technology: Electronic medical record system, medical library, media resources, graphic arts, protective services, infection control, laboratory and radiologic services, messenger/transport services, risk management, counseling services, etc.
  • On-call quarters: Furnished with appropriate amenities available to all residents
  • Fitness facilities: Free fitness center membership located on the premises

Lifestyle in the Area

Youngstown is in northeastern Ohio, roughly 10 miles from the Pennsylvania border. It is situated halfway between Pittsburgh and Cleveland, about 90 minutes from each city center. Youngstown and the surrounding area are home to a large variety of recreational activities including several parks, golf courses, disc golf, museums and historic sites, live theater and music performances, bike trails, as well as many festivals and more. Popular areas for residents to live include Boardman, Niles, Canfield, Warren, Girard and Vienna.

What to Expect

Residents of the Mercy Health Youngstown Orthopedics Residency Program can expect to graduate as a highly competent orthopedic surgeon. This goal is achieved through a program dedicated to providing residents with the highest level of training while motivating them to reach their fullest potential. Residents can expect to join a family environment that is committed to developing residents who are professional, compassionate, excellent communicators and lifelong learners. Residents are taught an uncompromising work ethic that propels them to be leaders as they progress into their respectful careers.

Call Schedule

Call averages about three to four days a month in the PGY-1 year, four to five days a month (including weekends) in the PGY 2 and PGY 3 years, and about two to three days a month in the PGY 4 and PGY 5 years. Residents cover call at both St. Elizabeth Youngstown, a Level I trauma center, and St. Joseph Warren, a Level III trauma center.

Average Hours Per Week

At our program, the number of hours per week you work varies by the service you are on and the year you are. Our interns work anywhere from 40 to 70 hours per week, depending on the service they are on. The PGY 2 year tends to be the busiest, and they will work close to 70 to 80 hours per week. As you progress through the program, the number of hours per week you work decreases with each year.