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Medical Student Education

Medical Student Education

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery participates in the medical education curriculum for third- and fourth-year medical students at Indiana University School of Medicine – and rotating students from other medical schools – through the required surgery clerkship and advanced clinical electives.

These programs are designed to give those interested in treating the musculoskeletal problems of the human body a chance to explore orthopaedic surgery as a career while receiving impeccable training that will make them competitive for residency.

Students will have the opportunity to learn from faculty members working out of some of the top hospitals in downtown Indianapolis, including two Level 1 trauma centers at IU Health Methodist Hospital and the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital, as well as the nationally-ranked Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health. Rotation locations also include the Richard L. Roudebush Indianapolis VA Medical Center and multiple IU Health hospitals and surgery centers around Central Indiana.

Students from all IU School of Medicine satellite campuses can take part in the electives in Indianapolis. If you have any questions about our medical education program, contact Hollyn Mangione.

MD Program Third-year Clerkship

Third-year Clerkship

Students who take the Orthopaedic Surgery Clerkship learn how to take a musculoskeletal history and perform a musculoskeletal physical examination. The rotation also helps students understand treatment for the orthopaedic problems they see.
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MD Program Clinical Electives

Clinical Electives

Students enrolled in clinical electives gain a firm grasp of general orthopaedics from a clinical perspective. Emphasis is placed upon clinical evaluation, diagnostic testing and diagnosis and treatment plans for patients presenting in typical clinical settings.
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MD Program Guest Students

Guest Students

Third- and- fourth-year medical students from an outside institution may take an orthopaedic surgery elective at IU School of Medicine may request enrollment through the VSLO/VSAS program offered by the AAMC. The department also participates in the Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Elective Program.
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Additional Opportunities for Medical Students

  • Mentoring
    Medical students form important professional relationships with the faculty, staff and residents they work alongside during their education. Mentoring promotes academic success and overall well-being. Students who are interested in obtaining a mentor in orthopaedic surgery should contact their lead advisor.
  • Research
    Students at all levels are encouraged to take part in research during medical school. The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery’s faculty investigators exercise spirited leadership in their supervisory roles of mentoring, collaborating with and directing those working alongside them. The department collaborates extensively with other IU School of Medicine departments and IU schools located on the Indianapolis campus.

    Students also have the opportunity to get involved in research during between their first and second year through the Indiana University Medical Student Program for Research and Scholarship. Beginning in May 2020, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery will participate in MedSTAR, which provides supported clinical and translational research opportunities for medical students through a collaboration between IU School of Medicine and the Indiana CTSI.

    This fellowship is offered to four IU School of Medicine medical students annually to be immersed in research for one year with full-time mentored training.

  • Student Organizations
    The Orthopaedic Surgery Student Interest Group , or Ortho SIG, is an IU School of Medicine student organization for those interested in orthopaedic surgery and sports medicine.

    Through collaborations with department faculty, residents and staff, the group serves as a primary source of information regarding residencies and careers in orthopaedic surgery. The information is presented through various education events, including faculty lectures, surgical skills workshops, research and intern panel discussions, journal clubs, and service events throughout the year.

  • Diversity Award
    IU School of Medicine and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are committed to enhancing diversity in the department and orthopaedics as a surgical subspecialty. The department offers an annual diversity, equity and inclusion award. This award consists of a $1,250 financial incentive presented annually to one fourth-year medical student who has demonstrated a significant interest in enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion above and beyond the routine role and responsibilities.

    This grant is given annually at the student award ceremony in May. Interested applicants should apply by submitting an essay in the format detailed below to Hollyn Mangione by March 1, 2020.

    The school’s effort to diversify also include an Underrepresented in Medicine Residency and Fellowship Second Look Program and Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Elective Program.