ORSU 7200: Surgical Subspecialty: Orthopaedics


Course Availability:   2015-2016   2016-2017

Length 2 & 4 weeks; RH & VA are 4 weeks only
Periods Offered All 2 and 4 week periods
Sites DU, FU, PE, RH, TR, VA
Limit 1 per site at DU, FU & PE;
2 per site at TR & VA; and
4 per site at RH
Prerequisites None
Course Director David Jewison MD, jewi0005@umn.edu and Alicia Harrison MD, harri736@umn.edu

Larissa Lavrov, 612-273-4089, orthoed@umn.edu

Report First Day:  

If you have not been contacted two weeks before the beginning of the rotation, please contact:

DU (Duluth): Paula Guisfreidi, (218) 726-7034, pguisfre@d.umn.edu

FU (UMMC): Larissa Lavrov, (612) 273-4089, orthoed@umn.edu*

PE (Gillette): Rachael Thomatz, (651) 578-5197, RThomatz@gillettechildrens.com

RH (Regions): Michelle Stepka, (651) 254-3247

TR (TRIA): Megan Reams, megan.reams@tria.com

VA: Rebecca Wardlow, (612) 467-1780, rebecca.wardlow@va.gov

Course Website

https://www.ortho.umn.edu/ education-training/medical- student-clerkships


Introductory Video

The orthopaedic surgery selective consists of 2- or 4-week rotations concentrating on the areas of general orthopaedics, sports medicine, and pediatrics. Each selective will be geared toward the students’ desired orthopaedic interest and will allow for greater variability in the student's overall experience.  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 care of patients.

Competencies and Objectives

The purpose of this course is to provide an opportunity for students to evaluate and treat common orthopedic problems encountered in ambulatory patients.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to do the following:

  • Perform an adequate orthopaedic 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 of proper terminology to describe signs, symptoms, and treatment of common injuries and disorders of the musculoskeletal system.
  • Develop a differential diagnosis of common orthopaedic conditions
  • Outline a treatment plan to establish the proper diagnosis of common orthopaedic 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
  • 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 orthopaedics
  • Articulate a plan for professional growth

Student Assessment

This is a Pass/Fail Course. Evaluations will be generated through E*Value and a written exam will be given at the end of the rotation after books and logs have been turned in.  The questions on the examination will be entirely based upon the required readings as outlined below. Students taking a 2- week rotation and a 4- week rotation will have an examination consisting of 50 multiple choice questions.

Requirements for Passing the Clerkship


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Patient/Clinical Procedures



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.  The extent of the student's involvement in the operating room will be at the discretion of the orthopaedic attending.

Required Reading

The required readings will consist of multiple, brief chapters from the Essentials of Musculoskeletal Care, edited by Letha Yurko Griffin, MD, PhD. The chapters will be directed at the student's particular area of interest. All students will be expected to read the chapters concerning physical examination of each musculoskeletal region. In addition to the required reading list, further reading may be recommended by clinical faculty to augment the student's learning experience.


Questions regarding the course can be directed to the Clerkship Co-directors.


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