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Orthopaedic Medical Student Clerkships


The Department of Orthopaedics offers two courses for 4th year medical students who wish to do a one-month rotation in Orthopaedics. These two courses are offered at a number of clinical sites. All courses at all sites are open to Ohio State students. Only thouse courses which are based at OSU are open to students from other colleges.

The goal of each rotation is to give the student a well-rounded, thorough introduction into Orthopaedics and the sub-specialties therein. Students are permitted and encouraged to customize their one-month rotation in order to gain exposure and experience in the sub-specialties of their choice. The Director of Medical Student Education and the Education Coordinator will work with the student to identify their areas of interest and then schedule him/her for one-week blocks accordingly.

The Department of Orthopaedics has a diverse faculty with attendings representing each sub-specialty. Students have the option of choosing to work with attendings from the following areas:

  • Adult Reconstruction/Joint Replacement
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Hand and Upper Extremity
  • Musculoskeletal Oncology
  • Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Spine
  • Sports Medicine: Shoulder and Knee
  • Trauma

There are two levels of responsibility from which the student may choose. The Elective offers the student a basic introduction into Orthopaedics. The DOC5, or Sub-Internship, offers the student a more in-depth study of the discipline. The DOC5 requires additional participation on the part of the student. For example, students are required to attend conferences, take in-house call, and present a paper or case presentation during one of the residency program’s educational conferences.

OSU medical students wishing to enroll in a 4th year elective must first contact Laura Volk in the Med 3/4 Office at 292-1494. Course descriptions as well as course availability information can be obtained at OSU College of Medicine Med 4 Catalog. If you are not an OSU student, please read Visiting Students page to learn how to enroll in the Orthopaedic Elective.

Visiting Students

Please direct any questions regarding the Orthopaedics elective or availability during a specific month to:

Julia Panzo
Education Program Manager
Department of Orthopaedics
725 Prior Hall
376 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 293-6194
Email: Julia.Panzo@osumc.edu

Please direct any questions regarding your application to OSU College of Medicine to:

Laura Volk
Program Manager
College of Medicine
1190C Graves Hall
370 W 9th Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: (614) 292-1494
Email: volk.36@osu.edu