ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY CLERKSHIP
MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS ROTATING ON SERVICE AT ONCE. Nine (9).
LENGTH OF ROTATIONS. Four (4) to eight (8) weeks.
WILL TAKE STUDENTS FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY? Yes.
LEVEL OF STUDENTS ACCEPTED Second, third and fourth year.
TIME OF YEAR OFFERRED. Flexible start dates throughout the year, excluding December.
PRIOR APPROVAL (FROM DEPARTMENT REQUIRED) AND ELIGIBILITY.
- Offered primarily to medical students with an Army obligation (HPSP and USUHS).
- Students from other uniformed services and civilian students are invited to apply from November to May (excluding December).
- All students (except USUHS (second and third years)) will apply using the Clerkship Application form.
- The Student Coordinator will obtain permission from the appropriate clerkship official upon receipt of the application/form and will then inform the student of approval/disapproval via e-mail.
OBJECTIVES/DESCRIPTION OF CLERKSHIP.
- Each clinical clerk will be assigned to a resident team, with a resident designated as the student's direct supervisor.
- The student will attend in the outpatient clinic with his/her team, participating in the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic conditions and injuries, under the supervision of the team staff.
- The student will receive training in the orthopedic physical examination, orthopedic terminology, closed treatment of fractures and basic cast application.
- The student will also attend on ward rounds and assist in the care of inpatients, including participation in their surgical management.
- He/she will be exposed to various aspects of surgical management of orthopedic patients including total joint replacement, arthroscopy, operative reduction of fractures and reconstructive surgery in the adult and pediatric patient.
- Students may be assigned to different teams during the length of their rotation in order to have work with different staff and residents.
- Medical students may choose to participate in a single orthopedic subspecialty such as Hand Surgery, Sports Medicine, Pediatric Orthopedics, Total Joint Replacement Surgery, or Foot and Ankle Surgery if they have had a previous general orthopedic rotation and have obtained the approval of the chief.
- The medical student will be expected to present his/her patients at morning report, to include a concise history, physical and radiographic findings, treatment and plan of care.
- Fourth year medical students will rotate weekly to ensure appropriate staff observation.
- Students are encouraged to present cases during morning report. Students interviewing for a residency spot are required to present a ten (10) minute presentation assigned by the chief resident.
FREQUENCY OF CALL. Students will be placed on call at night with their assigned residents with the frequency of approximately once every fifth night.
- There are no assigned readings, but it is recommended that students read Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, Walter B. Greene, M.D. Editor.
- Each student is expected to read appropriate textbooks and literature based on identified patient problems.
- It is highly recommended that a 10 -15 minute oral presentation on an orthopedic topic be prepared and delivered during the rotation under the guidance of a chief resident or staff.
- The student may also be assigned cadaver dissections.
- All students are expected to attend and participate in approximately eight hours of didactic instruction and clinical conferences weekly.
- There are also opportunities available for students to become involved in clinical research.
- Students are encouraged to participate in all social activities during their rotation.
HOW ARE STUDENTS EVALUATED?
- Students will be evaluated based on their performance with outpatient and inpatient care, and their oral presentation.
- There is no formal written exam. The evaluation form will be filled out by the Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator based on input from residents and staff who have worked with the student.
- Students interested in applying for a position with the Orthopedic Residency Program should interview with their current curriculum vitae with the Staff members of the Orthopedic Service.
- This can be arranged during their rotation.
- Or via our website at http://www.tamc.amedd.army.mil/residency/mchk-ds/ortho/ortho_contact_information.htm.