SI Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation Subinternship

Orthopaedics –Yale NH Hospital

Orthopaedic Surgery Subinternship:

Rotations Choices Include:

Inpatient: Adult Reconstruction and Orthopaedic Oncology, Orthopaedic Trauma and Fracture Care, Pediatrics Orthopaedics, Spine Surgery

Outpatient: Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery, Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery, Foot and Ankle Surgery

Final rotation assignments will be made after successful scheduling of the subinternship, approximately one month in advance of the start date of the rotation. Once you receive your final schedule, you can contact Ms. Umlauf at 785-6907 and pick up “Orthopedic Surgery: Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System” a review article that is required to be read before the rotation begins.

The rotations in the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation are limited to the third, fourth, and fifth clinical years of medical school. The student is expected to be an active member of one of the orthopaedic teaching teams listed above. The student will have the opportunity to assist in the management of orthopaedic in-patients as well as receive operating room experience in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. Participation in the orthopaedic outpatient clinics will afford the student experience in the evaluation and treatment of common musculoskeletal conditions. It is recommended that students take call with the orthopaedic resident in the emergency room to gain insight into the principles of acute fracture management. The student's clinic and operating room experience will be supplemented by weekly subspecialty conferences in addition to the Wednesday and Friday morning residents’ education program. The rotation is offered throughout the year without restrictions to start and end dates. Site assignments are made with the Registrar once the student/subintern has been scheduled. 

Length of Rotation: 4 weeks (maximum- 5 students)

Scheduling Restriction: None; please contact Kathryn Umlauf with questions. 

Student's Class Level: 3rd, 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite: 1st and 2nd years of Medical School education. Must speak English.  Students should contact Kathy Umlauf at 203-785-6907 once they receive their schedule and pick up “Orthopedic Surgery: Diseases of the Musculoskeletal System,” an article that is required to be read before the rotation begins.

Accept Visiting Students: Yes

Learning Objectives:

  1. History skills.  Gather the important information that is needed for a focused history of a musculoskeletal problem and complete a history in the medical record for at least 5 patients.
  2. Physical examination skills. Complete a pertinent physical examination for the evaluation of the knee, hip, ankle, wrist, elbow, or shoulder on at least 5 patients. The student should demonstrate the ability to perform this pertinent physical examination while being observed by at least one attending or resident.
  3. Knowledge/diagnostic and treatment skills: Know about common orthopaedic surgery conditions.  
  4. Procedural skills. Perform splint application on at least 3 patients; perform suturing on at least 3 patients. 
  5. Attitude:  Demonstrate professional responsibility in working as a team member with other members of the orthopaedic surgery care team, patients and families. 
  6. Career/context:  Know the training/career pathway for Orthopaedic Surgery and its subspecialties.