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First Aid for Jefferson Clerkship Students

Orthopaedics Programs

General Information - Contacts

Clerkship Director Dr. Alan Hilibrand
Course Coordinator Susan Randolph

Current Liaisons (2012-2013)
3rd Year Liaison Kristin Brown

Site-Specific Information

Program Comparisons at a Glance

Criteria Bryn Mawr duPont Einstein Jefferson/
Number of Students 2 2 1-2 4 2
Students/Resident 1 1 1 1 N/A
Fellows No Yes No Yes No
Average Hours/ Days on Service 10 10 9 10 8-10
Weekend Hours No No No No No
Evening call Optional No No No No
Students from other schools? No No Yes/No Yes/No No
Housing No No No No No

Rotation Basics:

Be on time, be enthusiastic, and look interested! These 3 weeks provide the interested student with the opportunity to gain insight into the clinical and surgical realm of orthopaedics. The student should gain experience in the outpatient and OR setting, as well as gain insight into resident life. Depending on the site, the student will have the opportunity to rotate through multiple fields within orthopaedics. Otherwise, residents are extremely enthusiastic and are great teachers. The more effort you put in, the more you will get out of these short three weeks.

  • Grades are largely based on resident feedback. To qualify for high honors, in addition to receiving honors on resident feedback, the student must take 5 evening calls over the course of the three week rotation.
What books/materials/white coat supplies do you need?
  • As for books to help with preparation for the rotation, Dr. Hilibrand mentioned two: Physical Exam for the Spine and Extremities by Hoppenfeld and Musculoskeletal Medicine by Bernstein. These two books are suggested though are not necessary for the rotation. Any student planning on rotating through orthopaedics should have an anatomy atlas. The Netter’s Concise Orthopaedic Anatomy text is a great reference and fits in your white coat.
Student-suggested helpful hints:
  • While students often want to spend the maximum amount of time in the OR, the outpatient setting is a great way to connect with attendings. This may be helpful if you are trying to coordinate research or request a letter of recommendation. More often than not, the student will spend most of the day with the resident. Like advice for all other rotations, show up on time, show enthusiasm, and try and be as helpful as possible.

Last revised: 07/12

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