Medical students will spend 4 weeks as an “acting intern” in the department of Orthopedic Surgery during their 4th year. The acting internship is an intense 4 week rotation meant to simulate life as an intern, spent on one of the 8 subspecialty services. The student will be expected to perform as a true sub-intern on the respective service, and their responsibilities will include those listed under the third year 1-week clerkship in addition to overnight call responsibilities, more advanced history and physical exam skills, in-depth knowledge of orthopedic surgical anatomy, and deeper integration into the teaching program. Significant time will be spent with residents, fellows and attending staff on the respective service. There will be formal and informal presentations including case presentations at the weekly fracture conference, subspecialty conferences and finally an end-of-rotation presentation.
Columbia medical students should apply via the office of student affairs.
Visiting medical students should apply via the OASIS application program site on the Columbia College of Physicians & Surgeons website
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Medical students spend one week on the orthopedic surgery service during their Major Clinical Year (MCY) of medical school. They are expected to learn how to take an orthopedic medical history, perform a thorough physical exam of the musculoskeletal system, and be familiar with the more common orthopedic problems such as back and neck pain, hip fractures, osteoporosis, and so forth. The students are assigned to the attending surgeons on the trauma, adult reconstruction, hand/microvascular, bone disease and pediatric orthopedic services and are under the surgeons' direct supervision. The students' knowledge and competence is assessed by the supervising attending.
At the end of the rotation, students should be able to: