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Medical Student Elective Program in Orthopedics at Maimonides


Welcome to the medical student elective program in orthopedic surgery at Maimonides Medical Center. It is our hope that the time you spend with us will be an excellent educational experience for you. 

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center is an outstanding atmosphere to present the senior medical students a comprehensive outline of the spectrum of orthopedic surgery as practiced in a community hospital.  Our residency program is a fully-accredited orthopedic training program, which has recently increased to three residents per year. There is a large volume of elective orthopedic surgery done at the institution, as well as a very active emergency department presenting a variety of orthopedic trauma.

This elective rotation is for fourth-year medical students interested in pursuing a career in orthopedic surgery. It is a four-week experience in the management of injury and illness of the musculoskeletal system. Students will participate in the care of patients treated in the outpatient clinics, emergency room, hospital and operating room. Students will work as members of the orthopedic resident team. In addition, medical students will participate in resident lectures and have the opportunity to do orthopedic research.

The student will act in the capacity of a junior resident with regular patient responsibilities, clinic and operating room duties.He or she will attend teaching conferences and rounds of the orthopedic staff. It is not intended that the student act as an observer in this elective, but as an integrated part of the patient care team. 

It is required that the student meet with their preceptor at the beginning of the rotation to discuss the learning objectives outlined in this document. Students should also seek and receive preceptor feedback midway through the rotation.  Because of the short duration of this rotation, students must be professionally confident, considerate, and well prepared.   These characteristics are imperative for the student to get the most out of this rotation.

Students are encouraged to go to the operating room to scrub on cases. The basic schedule begins with ward rounds, followed by a conference daily.  These conferences include grand rounds, didactic lectures and a weekly case review.  Guest lecturers are frequently present for grand rounds presentations.

It is our commitment to provide medical students with the best possible experience.  Our program has been designed to offer the following:

  • Intense exposure to the in and out patient treatment of the orthopedic pathologies through participation in clinical, operative and call activities.

  • The scope and character of the practice of orthopedic surgery.

  • The specific encountered diseases and types of surgery performed in the various sub-specialty areas of orthopedic surgery.

  • In-depth instruction to develop competency and mastery of musculoskeletal examination techniques and skills.

  • A structured, but personalized, learning experience.

  • All externs are given a personal experience with faculty mentor, fellowship-trained in their respective orthopedic subspecialties.

  • Opportunities to participate in new and ongoing research projects within the department.

The overall goal of this rotation is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the pre- and post–operative evaluation of the emergent and elective surgery cases, basic knowledge of surgical decision making, and proper musculoskeletal management.

At the completion of this rotation, the student should have reinforced certain broad goals, including:

  • The ability to obtain and report a basic orthopedic patient history for common orthopedic conditions and injuries.

  • The ability to perform and report a basic orthopedic physical examination of the spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand, pelvis and hip, knee, foot and ankle.

  • Demonstrate and understanding of the  basic science and natural history of common orthopedic conditions and injuries.

  • The ability to develop a working differential diagnosis for common orthopedic conditions and injuries and to demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate timing and use of common diagnostic testing modalities to assist with determining a definitive diagnosis.

  • Knowledge of appropriate available treatment alternatives, including both non-operative and operative, for common orthopedic conditions and injuries. 

To maximize the learning experience for all students, only one student is placed on any given rotation. Rotations are designed around the schedules and academic calendars of the applicants.

Medical students on orthopedic surgery rotations will be responsible for the following:

  • Participation in rounds, clinics and operating rooms

  • Demonstration of basic knowledge of patient care during clinic

  • Conference attendance

  • Participation in call

  • Maturity and professionalism

  • Three one-on-one case presentations to faculty

  • Formal presentation to faculty and residents at the end of the rotation 

How to Apply

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery is currently accepting 4th year medical students from U.S. Allopathic Medical Schools

Maimonides Medical Center uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications.  To apply to our institution, please complete and send us a VSAS application for Orthopedic Surgery elective and desired dates. This service is for participating U.S. LCME accredited schools to use. You may find a list of these schools through the VSAS website below.

For more information on VSAS, please visit or contact VSAS at  or (202) 478-9878.  If your school does not participate in VSAS, please use the current Maimonides online application system referred to below.

To apply online for Undergraduate Medical Education, click here.

For additional information, please contact:

Tina Marshall, UME - Student Education Coordinator
(718) 283-7629 - Telephone
(718) 283-8239 - Fax