ORSU 7200: Externship in Orthopaedic Surgery


Course Availability:   2014-2015   2015-2016

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 Edward R G Santos, MD, sant0168@umn.edu

Ali Hemphill, 612-273-4089, hemphill@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): Ali Hemphill, (612) 273-4089, hemphill@umn.edu*

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

RH (Regions): Tricia Corbo, (651) 254-3247, tlcorbo@umn.edu

TR (TRIA): Charlie Harris, (952) 806-5373, charleana.harris@tria.com

VA: Jessica Pearson, (612) 467-1780, jessica.pearson@va.gov

Course Website



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 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 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 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.

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. Depending on the student's selected rotation, he or she may be required to perform additional activities such as training room coverage or event coverage. The student will be expected to attend the 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 Director.


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