Medical Student Clerkships

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery offers a variety of clerkship rotations. Our rotations take place across the Twin Cities at six unique sites where students will be exposed to a wide variety of orthopedic conditions and diverse patient populations. To learn more about our program, please contact our Medical School Coordinator, Erin Tuset at tuset@umn.edu. For a detailed description of orthopedic surgery electives, please visit the Medical School course directory.

For students

Visiting Students

Note to medical students applying for the 2023 Residency Match: We will be offering visiting student rotations between June 28 and November 21.

View our rotation dates here. Visiting students applying for the 2022 Residency Match are encouraged to rotate during the S3, S4, F1, F2, and F3 periods. 

Please contact our Medical School Coordinator, Erin Tuset, at tuset@umn.edu if you have any questions. All visiting students must submit applications in VSAS.

Visiting Medical Student Scholarship for Underrepresented Populations in Orthopedics:
Our scholarship provides financial assistance for upcoming 3rd and 4th year medical students (class of 2022 and 2023) who are planning a career in orthopedic surgery, and want to do a four-week away rotation at our site. Diverse students whose backgrounds and/or identities are underrepresented in orthopedics are encouraged to apply. The chosen applicants will be given a stipend of $1,000 to be used towards their lodging and/or travel expenses. We are no longer accepting applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. The application period for the 2023-24 academic year will open in February 2023.

Orthopedic Surgery Interest Group

Visit the OSIG website for information.

Additional Information

Please review our Medical Student Frequently Asked Questions brochure for more information. Email our Medical Student Coordinator at tuset@umn.edu if you need any further assistance.

For educators

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery has the responsibility of helping students establish a solid foundation of musculoskeletal knowledge. All attending physicians and residents should know and understand the objectives for the course. This sets expectations for the rotation and establishes an accurate and fair basis for evaluation. Educators should be familiar with the student reading list for the rotation. 

We encourage educators to sit down with the student to set expectations on the first day of the rotation. The session should include:

  • Going over the student's schedule
  • Understanding the student's learning goals
  • Clarifying your expectations of students regarding patient care
  • Informing students what you value in student performance

The clerkship committee expectations of students are detailed in the evaluation forms found on E*Value. Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to do the following:

  • Perform an adequate orthopedic history and physical examination of the musculoskeletal system, including assessment of joint motion and grading of 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 and outline a treatment plan to establish the proper diagnosis, description of physical findings, and inclusion of pertinent laboratory, x-ray, and special studies
  • Be familiar with the application of splints and casts for common extremity injuries

Timely feedback from faculty and residents is critical. Feedback should address areas of strength as well as those needing improvement. Ideally, the feedback should provide the opportunity to identify and correct any issues noted during the course. Any potentially serious deficiencies in student performance should be brought to the attention of the site coordinator as early in the rotation as possible. You should also obtain formal mid-rotation feedback from the student.

Supervision

The site director at each teaching site bears the primary responsibility for the development and maintenance of a program to fulfill the learning objectives of the orthopedic clerkship. The site director is responsible for organizing the specific ward and operative activities during the rotation, and is expected to address any issues or problems that are encountered. The site directors should periodically remind faculty members and residents of the objectives of the course. The site directors are also primarily responsible for the timely submission of student evaluations through e-value.

The attending physician has the primary responsibility for educating students in the ward, clinics, and operating room. All of the physician-teachers with whom the student has contact are expected to serve as positive role models. Faculty and residents are encouraged to provide students with positive direction through both questions and assignments. The students are expected to have read about the cases going on in the OR and faculty are encouraged to teach by asking questions and actively explaining different parts of the operative procedure to the student. In the clinics, give the students an opportunity to obtain their own history and physical examination, and provide feedback regarding this. The clinics and operating rooms are not only excellent sites for education, but are also a venue where potential future orthopedic careers begin. 

If possible, provide the student the opportunity to do a short presentation on a specific topic. Encourage preparation by students prior to clinics and operative sessions by engaging them and letting them actively participate in patient care.

For observers

If you are a medical student interested in observing one of our doctors, please contact our Medical School Coordinator at tuset@umn.edu

You will be required to provide:

  • Current immunization records
  • Proof of current flu shot
  • Documentation of TB screening within the last 12 months