College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Orthopaedic Surgery Elective – Lima AHEC

Title of Clerkship: Orthopaedic Surgery Elective – Lima AHEC (4 Week) 

Elective Type: Third Year Elective

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Clerkship Site: Lima, Ohio

Course Number: ORTH 761

Blocks available: By request through AHEC Center Office.

Number of students per block: 1

Faculty: Various Preceptors

Elective Description/Requirements:
This four-week elective is a one-to-one basis with an orthopaedic surgeon in Lima.  Student is expected to accompany preceptor on hospital rounds, in the operating room, and in the office.  The focus of the experience will be sport related injuries in addition to general orthopaedics.

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Course Learning Objectives and Links to EPOs:

  1. Describe the pathophysiology and anatomy of basic orthopaedic conditions. (EPOs: MK1, MK4, PBL1)
  2. Collect and communicate information concerning a patient’s condition, progress, and results of laboratory and imaging studies. (EPOs: PC1, PC9, PB1, IPC1, IPC2, IPC3, SBP5)
  3. Demonstrate the ability to summarize and interpret results of history, physical examination, laboratory, and imaging to form differential diagnoses. (EPOs: MK4, PC6, SBP3)
  4. Develop an appropriate workup and/or treatment plan for common orthopaedic conditions encountered in clinic and inpatient settings. (EPOs: MK3, MK4, MK6, MK7, PC3, PC7, PC8, PBL2)
  5. Perform thorough orthopaedic physical exams of the shoulder, hand, hip/knee, and foot/ankle. (EPOs: MK1, PC1, PC6, PB1, IPC1, IPC3)
  6. Describe and/or perform basic outpatient injection procedures of the shoulder, hand, and knee. (EPOs: PC5, PC6)
  7. Describe and/or perform basic immobilization procedures such as applying a splint, cast, or sling. (EPOs: PC5, PC6)
  8. Demonstrate the ability to participate in surgical procedures respecting sterile technique / universal precautions. (EPOs: PC5, PC6, PC9, PB1, IPC2, SBP5)
  9. Perform basic suture techniques and identify appropriate indications for each. (EPOs: PC5, PC6)
  10. Explain the pre-operative patient optimization and scheduling processes for elective and emergent procedures. (EPOs: MK2, MK3, MK5, PC2, PC4, SBP1, SBP2, SBP3, SBP4)
  11. Describe the pathophysiology, evaluation, and management of common orthopaedic emergencies in the emergency and inpatient settings. (EPOs: MK1, MK4, PC8)

UT-COMLS students will meet or exceed the institutional standards for professionalism as stated in the current Educational Program Objectives and the current Educational Course Objectives for the Sponsoring Department.

Instructional Methods:

  1. Ambulatory Care Experience
  2. Clinical case presentations/discussions
  3. Diagnostic tests – use/interpretation
  4. Independent study
  5. Inpatient rounds
  6. Interpretation of lab data
  7. Intervention
  8. Lecture
  9. Mentored clinical practice
  10. Mentored technical skills practice

Evaluation Methods:

  1. Attendance
  2. Clinical competency evaluation
  3. Faculty observation of behavior in small groups
  4. Faculty /Resident observation and assessment of clinical skills

Prerequisites: Successful completion of Yrs. 1 & 2, and a passing score on USMLE Step 1.

Special Requirements: On call and other special requirements will be at the discretion of the preceptor.

LIMA AHEC Center Office Contact: Roni Kaufman, M.Ed. (Lima Area Health Education Center (LAHEC) Executive Director)
Phone Number: 419-226-9450

AHEC Coordinator: Kathy Oberhauser

Clerkship Director: Abdul A. Mustapha, M.D.

Clerkship Coordinator: Kelly Kovacs

ECC Approved
April 2023

Last Updated: 7/15/24