College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Orthopaedic Surgery Elective - UTMC

Title of Clerkship: Orthopaedic Surgery Elective - UTMC

Elective Year(s): Third Year

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: The University of Toledo Medical Center

Course Number: ORTH 760

Blocks Available:  All

Number of Students/ Block: 5

Faculty: Various Preceptors

Elective Description/ Requirements:
Clinical and operating room experiences for students are structured to provide exposure to a wide range of orthopaedic conditions including trauma, hand surgery, joint replacement, sports medicine, orthopaedic oncology, pediatric orthopaedics, and spine surgery.  The rotation is based in the hospital-based orthopaedic clinic, the operating room, and the inpatient hospital. This elective is structured to students’ requests as availability allows.  An ambulatory experience is available for those students not particularly interested in the operating room experience and is best suited for those students with an interest in primary care.  For those students interested in the operating room, the student is expected to function as a first or second assistant in most cases.

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Educational Course 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. Teaching rounds
  4. Independent study
  5. Didactic lecture
  6. Mentored clinical practice
  7. Mentored technical skills practice
  8. Residency program/department conferences and grand rounds
  9. Direct patient interaction under faculty and/or resident supervision

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: This clerkship has no on-call requirement.  

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

Clerkship Coordinator: Kelly Kovacs    
Phone Number:  419-383-6236

ECC Approved
April 2023

Last Updated: 5/4/23