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Rotations

Third Year 

Medical students spend two weeks on the orthopedic surgery service during their third year of medical school. They are expected to learn how to take an orthopedic medical history, perform a thorough physical exam of the musculoskeletal system, and be familiar with the more common orthopedic problems associated with their specific rotations. The students are assigned to the attending surgeons on the trauma, adult reconstruction, hand/microvascular, spine, and pediatric orthopedic services and are under the surgeons' direct supervision. The students' knowledge and competence is assessed by the supervising attending.

 At the end of the rotation, students should be able to:

  • Take an orthopaedic history and perform an orthopaedic physical examination.
  • Understand the pathophysiology of the more common orthopedic disorders.
  • Identify the basic diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to common musculoskeletal disorders (both medical and surgical).
  • Leave with a sense of how an orthopaedic service is administered and its relationship to other medical disciplines.

Fourth Year and Visiting Students 

Medical students spend four weeks on the orthopaedic surgery service during their fourth year of medical school in a subinternship capacity. They are expected to learn how to take an orthopaedic medical history, perform a thorough physical exam of the musculoskeletal system, interpret basic imaging, and be familiar with the common orthopaedic problems associated with their specific rotations. In addition, they will be expected to provide basic care of patients including dressing changes, assisting with splinting, casting, and simple emergency department procedures. Students select their rotations on services. At the end of their rotation they are expected to give a brief presentation of their choice. For students applying to orthopaedic residencies, a call is not required but suggested. The students' knowledge and competence is assessed by the attending supervisor.