Orthopaedic Surgery Rotation for Medical Students

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery provides medical students with the opportunity to learn about diagnosis and management of musculoskeletal problems and injuries. Students will spend one month working closely with faculty and residents on one or two of the orthopaedic services. All students will also attend the weekly educational lectures and conferences.

Prerequisite: Completion of third-year General Surgery Clerkship

Faculty: Kevin Gill, M.D., Director of Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

The educational goals for the Orthopaedic Surgery Rotation include:

  • To develop the ability to take an orthopaedic history
  • To gain proficiency in examination of extremities and spine
  • To understand the appropriate use of orthopaedic terminology
  • To learn to describe X-ray findings accurately
  • To gain a basic understanding of the principles of musculoskeletal care
  • To gain a basic understanding of skeletal development
  • To have an introduction to reconstructive joint surgery
  • To gain the ability to recognize signs and symptoms of pulmonary embolus, fat embolus syndrome, compartment syndrome, infection
  • To learn to perform minor procedures correctly (e.g. cast application, arthrocentesis, insertion of traction pins)

Application Notice

All requests for rotation must be submitted to the Education Coordinator no later than the listed deadline for each rotation. Rotations will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students will be notified of the details of their rotation within two weeks of the deadline date.

Any questions should be directed to Menyon Menefee, Education Coordinator.

Students will be assigned to rotate on one or two of the seven orthopaedic services in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center:

  • Sports Medicine
  • Adult Reconstruction
  • Spine
  • Hand Surgery
  • Orthopaedic Trauma
  • Foot and Ankle
  • Pediatrics

All requests for rotations must be requested through VSAS (Visiting Student Application Service). After reviewing each application you will be notified by the Orthopaedic Surgery Education Coordinator Menyon Menefee via email.

The following information will be requested of all applicants:

  1. Requested rotation block. Please include your first, second, and third choice
  2. USMLE Step 1 Score
  3. Third-year medical school grades for Core Rotations (Medicine, Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Ob/Gyn, Family Medicine, Neurology)