Orthopedic Surgery and Otolaryngology for the Primary Care Provider
This course is also offered for registration under the Otolaryngology department as OTOL 7550.
Clinical experience will vary by site. Student’s goals and interests will be taken into consideration when selecting the clinical site. Students are highly encouraged to contact the course coordinator to plan their arranged elective prior to registering.
The orthopedic surgery component of the Ortho/ENT selective is two weeks. This course is designed for students entering careers in primary care specialties and will provide students with perspective on the diagnosis and management of orthopedic conditions. Each selective will be geared toward the student's desired orthopedic interest. In all rotations, the student is expected to be involved in the clinic setting, pre-operative planning, assisting in the operating room, and post-operative call of patients. Each student will be expected to learn the objectives as outlined in the course description. The student will be expected to attend conferences that are currently active in the residency curriculum. He or she may be requested to present cases as part of these conferences. The experience will be a mixture of diverse clinical exposure in addition to operating room activity. Under direct supervision by orthopedic surgery faculty, the student will create and optimize patient care/management plans, write notes and orders and perform orthopedic examinations and assist in surgical procedures. The medical student is expected to take call during the rotation; call shall not be scheduled more frequently than once per week.
The ENT component of the Ortho/ENT selective is two weeks and focuses on general ENT. This course is designed for students entering careers in primary care specialties and will allow students to become familiar with common ENT conditions that they are likely to see in primary care. During the two weeks, students will gain perspective and knowledge on the diagnosis and management of these ENT conditions, including but not limited to middle ear disease, acute and chronic sinusitis, tonsillitis, hoarseness, and epistaxis. Students are expected to be involved in the clinic setting and assisting in the operating room. Each student will be expected to learn the objectives as outlined in the course description. The student will be expected to attend conferences that are currently active in the residency curriculum. The experience will be a mixture of clinic exposure and operating room exposure, though the majority of time will be weighted toward the clinic experience. Under the direct supervision of the ENT faculty, the student will create and optimize patient care/management plans, write notes, gain proficiency in the head and neck physical exam, and assist in surgical procedures. The student is not expected to take call during the rotation since it will be mostly a clinic experience.
For questions about the specific sites and the difference between their clinical experiences, reach out to the course coordinator noted in the contact section at the top of this page.
- DU: St. Luke's Hospital, 915 East First St, Duluth, MN 55805 / Northland ENT, Pavilion Surgery Center Building, 920 East First St, Ste 301, Duluth, MN 55805, Essentia Health-St Mary's Medical Center, 407 East Third St, Duluth, MN 55805 / Essentia Health-Duluth Clinic, 502 East 2nd St, Duluth, MN 55805
- FU: University of Minnesota Medical Center Riverside, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454 / Clinics and Surgery Center: Ambulatory Surgery Center, 909 Fulton St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
- RH: Regions: 640 Jackson Street, St Paul, MN 55101 / HealthPartners, 401 Phalen Blvd, St Paul, MN 55130, ENT Clinic, 4th Floor/ TRIA 8100 Northland Dr., Bloomington, MN 55431
- VA: Minneapolis VA, 1 Veterans Drive, Minneapolis, MN 55417
Required session attendance: Didactic conference(s); clinics and operating room
Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F, 7am--5:30pm and call as arranged
Independent Learning Time: On the second Wednesday of each month and the fourth Friday of each month, medical students on the ENT service are excused at noon.
Direct patient care: Yes
Consent Requirement (arranged or open to student scheduling): Arranged. Please submit a request to schedule using the form linked below.
• Perform an adequate orthopedic history
• Perform a physical examination of the musculoskeletal system, including assessment of joint motion
• Apply a grading scale to measure muscle strength of the major muscle groups of the extremities.
• Use proper terminology to describe signs, symptoms, and treatment of common injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
• Develop a differential diagnosis of common orthopedic conditions
• Outline a treatment plan to establish the proper diagnosis of common orthopedic conditions
• Identify imaging studies to support diagnosis
• Select appropriate laboratory tests to support diagnosis
• Apply splints for common extremity injuries
• Apply casts for common extremity injuries
• Identify imaging studies to support diagnosis
• Function effectively as a member of an interprofessional healthcare team across various clinical settings (operating room, outpatient clinic, training room, etc.)
• Communicate effectively with patients, families and health care providers
• Reflect on your current knowledge base, identifying strengths and areas for improvement
• Demonstrate a commitment to ethical principles appropriate to the profession of orthopedics
• Articulate a plan for professional growth
• Gain proficiency in performing an ENT history
• Gain proficiency in performing a head and neck examination, including otoscopy, rhinoscopy, and oral examination
• Use proper terminology to describe signs, symptoms, and treatment of common ENT disorders
• Develop a differential diagnosis of common ENT conditions
• Outline a treatment plan for common ENT conditions
• Gain proficiency in presenting a patient’s history and physical exam
• Gain familiarity with reading CT scans of the head and neck
• Function effectively as a member of an interprofessional healthcare team across various clinical settings
• Communicate effectively with patients, families, and healthcare providers
Graded Components: Clinical assessment by faculty, patient encounter log
Grading Scale: H/E/S/N
Allow repetition of course: No
Limited to Student Type: No
Course equivalency: N/A
Related curricular experience: N/A
Course evaluation: MedHub