ORSU 7192

Primary Care Orthopedics


Erin Tuset
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Catalog Description: This course is designed for students who wish to learn more about the care of patients with musculoskeletal problems in the ambulatory setting; primary care, pediatrics, emergency medicine, etc. 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.


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Site Code

Site Name



Methodist Hospital

TRIA Orthopedics

Students go to both sites

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

Related curricular experience:

Secure Exam:

Course evaluation: MedHub