Orthopaedics

​Clerkship Coordinator: Christine Pallasigui
Phone: 206.744.4927
Email: cptin5@uw.edu

Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Elective Schedule. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s).

To Apply:
  1. Please contact the Clerkship Coordinator for availability.
  2. Applications must be received at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.
  3. You must meet all eligibility requirements of the Visiting Student Clinical Elective Program.
  4. Complete the VSAS application and upload all supplemental materials to VSAS. Supplemental materials include: a copy of the student’s CV/Resume, a copy of the student’s USMLE Step 1 Scores (a minimum USMLE Step 1 score of 235 is required).​ No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of their intent or qualifications.

Cancelations:
You must withdraw at least 6 weeks before your starting date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancellations and changes must be made in writing to the Clerkship Coordinator.

Course # ORTHP 676 – Pediatric Orthopaedics / Seattle Children's

Offered AWSpS – 4 Weeks   
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing.

This is a full-time, four-week clerkship at Seattle Children’s devoted exclusively to the evaluation and management of musculoskeletal problems of infancy, childhood, and adolescence. Comparison of children with fairly straightforward developmental variations to those with extensive, total body, multisystem deformities such as cerebral palsy and spinal bifida is the essence of this rotation. An appreciation of normal variations and natural history of structural deformities in children is stressed. This is particularly useful to students planning a career in pediatrics or family medicine in addition to those interested in orthopedic surgery as a career. An appreciation for timing of orthopaedic procedures in relationship to normal childhood development, and an appreciation of the effects of development and maturation on procedures carried out in childhood are developed. In addition to active participation in the many and varied outpatient clinics, students will participate in workup and care of the inpatients. Attendance at operative procedures is encouraged but not mandatory. Taking call is optional. Attendance at the many weekly didactic teaching sessions is required.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 week rotation

Course # ORTHP 677 P – Musculoskeletal Trauma / Harborview Medical Center

Offered AWSpS – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing.

Instruction takes place at Harborview Medical Center and involves general orthopaedics but is weighted toward musculoskeletal trauma. It is geared to third- and fourth-year students. Students are assigned to one of the three orthopaedic teams with a one-in-three call schedule. When their team is on call, they will be expected to spend time seeing and treating patients in the emergency room, following them to the ward and possibly to the operating room. In this way, they will learn the basics of treating acute trauma. On the days when they are not on call, they will spend their time primarily in the various clinics where faculty subspecialty interests (hand, hip, spine, foot and knee) are reflected in the patient population present in the clinic. Here the emphasis will be placed on musculoskeletal examination and treatment. They will also attend cast clinics where instruction will be given in casting and splinting techniques. Attending rounds will be made separately each week with the students emphasizing the patients they are following. Presentations on various aspects of trauma care are given regularly.

Enrollment: 4 students per 4 week rotation (2 additional slots for visiting students)

Course # ORTHP 678 P – Musculoskeletal Oncology / UWMC & Seattle Children's

Offered AWSpS – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing.

In-depth experience on musculoskeletal oncology service with primary involvement in initial evaluation, staging, treatment, and postoperative follow-up of patients with various musculoskeletal malignancies. The oncology rotation for medical students provides a basic understanding of the incidence of sarcomas and metastatic adenocarcinomas in adults and children.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 week rotation

Course # ORTHP 680 – General Orthopaedic Clerkship / VAMC

Offered AWSpS – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing.

This is a full-time, four week clerkship at Seattle’s Veterans Administration Hospital. It is structured to provide a basic education in the fundamentals of the musculoskeletal system. Heavy emphasis is placed on the reconstructive alternatives in the treatment of degenerative joint diseases. This must be done in-person. No students are allowed to rotate at the VA without a VA badge. Visiting students must go through a credentialing process at least 4-6 weeks before their rotation begins. Please contact the coordinator at cptin5@uw.edu.

Enrollment: 2 students per 4 week rotation

Course # ORTHP 681 – Sports Medicine Orthopaedic / UWMC & Sports Medicine Center

Clerkship Offered AWSpS – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing

When the clerkship is completed, the student will be able to perform and present a history and directed physical exam of patients presenting with sports-related musculoskeletal complaints. Recite a differential diagnosis for shoulder pain in the active patient (with and without a history of injury) and describe the differential diagnosis for patients presenting with post-traumatic hemarthosis of the knee. List the common treatment recommendations for patient with patellofemoral pain. Describe the expected history and physical findings in a patient with tendonitis, stress fracture, torn meniscus, ACL tear, rotator cuff tear, shoulder dislocation, AC separation and ankle sprain.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 week rotation

Course # ORTHP 684 P- Spine Surgery / Harborview Medical Center

Clerkship Offered AWSpS - 4 Weeks   
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing

This course is preceptor-based outpatient, inpatient, emergency and operative orthopaedic care. Students will work with the faculty in the Spine Service which specializes in adult reconstructive spine surgery, with a goal to maintain the highest standards of care in the evaluation and management of all patients with spinal disorders. This goal applies to education and research activities of the Spine Service in addition to providing state-of-the-art direct patient care. You will have an opportunity to participate in each aspect of this mission.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 wk rotation

Course # ORTHP 685 P-Adult Reconstruction Total Joint Service / Northwest Hospital

Offered AWSpS – 4 Weeks   
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing

Preceptor-based outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and operative orthopaedic care. Students work with faculty in the Total Joint Service which specializes in lower extremity adult reconstructive surgery, including: complex primary hip/knee arthroplasty; less invasive approaches to hip/knee arthroplasty; revision hip/knee arthroplasty; periacetabular and proximal femoral osteotomy; osteotomy about the knee; and hip arthroscope.

Enrollment: 2 students per 4 wk rotation

Course # ORTHP 687 P- Shoulder and Elbow / UWMC

Offered AWSpS – 4 Weeks   
Prerequisites: Completion of third year required Surgery clerkship, third year medical student standing

Preceptor-based outpatient, inpatient, emergency, and operative orthopaedic care. Work with the faculty in the Shoulder and Elbow Service, which provides comprehensive evaluation and management for a wide range of shoulder and elbow problems, including: arthritis, dislocation or instability, fractures, rotator cuff/tendon tears, joint stiffness, and unsuccessful previous surgery.

Enrollment: 1 student per 4 wk rotation