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Medical student clerkship

In-person away rotations

Thanks for considering a medical student clerkship rotation with Geisinger Orthopaedic Surgery! 

Several features of the medical student clerkship are specifically aimed at increasing your fund of knowledge, clinical acumen and surgical skills. During your rotation, you’ll have a series of medical student lectures led by residents that focus on fundamental orthopaedic principles.

You’ll also give a case presentation during the final week of the rotation. This is an opportunity to research a topic in greater detail and present to the faculty and residents, which allows you to function as part of the care team rather than as an observer.

The primary goal of our medical student clerkship rotation is to develop your basic orthopaedic knowledge. From active participation in daily resident and departmental conferences to hands-on surgical skills development and on-call experiences, your time will be well spent advancing skills and improving understanding of what is needed to function as a resident. No matter where you may go after leaving Geisinger, you’ll take this solid foundation in how to be an orthopaedic surgery resident with you. 

The basic structure of the rotation is four one-week rotations with exposure to different orthopaedic subspecialty services. Alternate arrangements may be made to accommodate your individual interests. You’ll participate firsthand in our program’s mentorship model and experience the one-on-one resident/attending relationships that promote accelerated education. A sample rotation schedule is shown below:

Week 1: Trauma
Week 2: Pediatrics
Week 3: Hand and upper extremity
Week 4: Shoulder and elbow

We hope you join us for a medical student clerkship rotation!

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