ORSU 7192

Primary Care Orthopedics


Michelle Stepka
Course Coordinator

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    Catalog Description: The students will be observing and assisting orthopedic surgeons in a general orthopedic practice. The student's interest and initiative will determine the level of responsiblities and the extent of participation in surgical procedures. Students are responsible for weekly case conference presentations.


    • MT: Park Nicollet-Methodist Hospital, 6500 Excelsior Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN 55426
    • TR: TRIA Orthopedics, Bloomington- 8100 Northland Dr, Bloomington, MN 55431

    Required session attendance:

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

    Direct patient care: Yes

    Consent Requirement: Open to student scheduling 

    Course Objectives: 

    Successful completion of this course should allow the student to:

    • take an orthopedic history and perform a general and regional physical examination of the musculoskeletal system;
    • develop a differential diagnosis and management plan for joint diseases;
    • gain an understanding of appropriate primary care of musculoskeletal diseases and referral to specialists;
    • feel comfortable with common plaster splinting and casting techniques, including indications and possible complications; and
    • participate as an assistant in common orthopedic surgical procedures, having identified the indications and describing expected results and possible complications.

    Graded Components: 

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

    Grading Scale: P/N


    Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

    Limited to Student Type: No

    Course equivalency: N/A

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    Course evaluation: MedHub