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Externship Program

Externship Program

Our goal of excellence in education makes it our responsibility to inspire the next generation. The externship rotation is designed for medical students in their final year of study.  Our program offers medical students exposure to a broad cross-section of the orthopaedic domains through in-patient, out-patient cases in a structured, but customized learning experience.  

It is our mission to provide you with the best possible externship experience, so we will place only one student on any given rotation.

We begin accepting preliminary applications on March 1. Contact Heather Robinson by email or (314) 747-2996 to apply.  You will need to provide your CV, unofficial transcripts, USMLE Step 1 score, and preferred dates for the 4-week rotation.  We offer medical students flexible scheduling of four-week blocks July 3-November 22, 2017.

The deadline to submit preliminary applications is March 31. Applications received after the deadline will be considered according to availability. You will be notified of acceptance into the program by April 14.

After receiving a provisional acceptance to the extern program, you must submit an application through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) through Washington University School of Medicine Curriculum Office. The VSAS application opens May 1.  In this application, there are specific 4-week blocks. Please select the closest dates among these blocks. We will adjust your dates after acceptance into the program.

In order to be placed in an externship, you must complete all of the necessary paperwork required by the School of Medicine.

Medical students on Orthopaedic Surgery Rotations will be responsible for:
•    Participating in Clinic and OR Hours
•    Demonstrating basic knowledge of patient care during clinic
•    Attending conferences and tutorials
•    Participating in call
•    Handling patient workups
•    Demonstrating maturity and professionalism

Funding Opportunity
In an effort to promote cultural diversity within the medical school the Washington University Office of Diversity Programs has established a visiting elective program for students that are members of groups that are underrepresented in medicine or that are socioeconomically disadvantaged. Students that are accepted into the program will be reimbursed up to $2,000 to offset costs associated with travel, housing, living expenses, and application fees. For more information please visit the Office of Diversity website or call 314-362-6854.

Students are responsible for procuring their own housing for the duration of the externship. Past students have used Rotating Room or Olin Residence Hall for Medical Students.

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