ORSU 7190

Acting Intern General, Reconstructive, and Geriatric Orthopedics


Michelle Stepka
Course Coordinator

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    Catalog Description: This course consists of supervised clinical experience in the orthopedic care of adult inpatients and outpatients at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  On this rotation, students function at the level of a junior resident in the clinic, on the ward, and in the operating room.  Students will work as a part of the resident team (1 PGY-1, 4 PGY-3s, and 2 PGY-5s) and learn from experienced faculty specializing in arthroplasty, foot and ankle, hand and upper extremity, and sports medicine.  The Minneapolis VAMC has a strong reputation as the busiest arthroplasty VA hospital in the country, and students are expected to describe and understand the basics of total knee and hip arthroplasty at the conclusion of their rotation.  In addition, students will be responsible for presenting cases in pre-op/post-op conferences as well as a case of their choice in a didactic setting.  Call is taken at home and the call frequency is at the discretion of the student and resident team.

    Sites: VA: VAMC, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417

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    Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F, 7:30am-5:30pm

    Direct patient care: Yes

    Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling

    Course Objectives: Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    • make appropriate orthopedic diagnosis;
    • identify which patients need referral;
    • apply casts and splints; and
    • perform simple orthopedic procedures in the operating room and assist on complex procedures.

    Graded Components:

    • Final rotation evaluation, Master GRS Form, 80%
    • Presentation evaluation, 20%

    Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


    Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

    Limited to Student Type: No

    Course equivalency: N/A

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    Course evaluation: MedHub