Students are required to take one night each week and one weekend day during the month of call. Call is until 11 pm or when the resident/attending on call sends the student home (which they may do if patient volume is low). No call room is available to sleep in, so no one is expected to spend the night. Students collaborate with each other, as well as with residents, to divide the call schedule evenly amongst themselves.
Students scrub surgical cases, help in clinic and see patients on the floor and in the emergency department. Schedules vary for each rotation and the residents at each clinical location tell students where to be on each day. Students should prepare for cases by reading about them in textbooks (such as Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics) and reviewing pertinent literature related to anatomy and surgical approaches.
Grand rounds occur every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 am, and students are expected to attend. Students may also have didactic sessions on various topics on this rotation as well. The exact timing of didactic sessions vary, but these sessions should take precedent over clinical duties.
Students are assigned a topic to present for 10 to 15 minutes at the end of this one-month clinical elective. This presentation is assigned by the faculty at the location where the student begins this elective. Students should prepare a one- or two-page handout and a brief PowerPoint presentation that will be shared with other students as well as Andrew Parr, MD. and other faculty or residents. Students can email Dr. Parr if they need help choosing a presentation topic during the first week.