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Externship Program

Externship Program

It is our mission to provide you with the best possible externship experience. Our goal of excellence in education makes it our responsibility to inspire the next generation.

The externship program has been designed to offer you, the learner:

  • Exposure to a broad cross-section of the orthopaedic domains through in patient, out patient, tutorial, and didactic experiences
  • A structured, but customized learning experience
  • All externs are given a personal, one-on-one experience
  • In-depth instruction to develop competency and mastery of musculoskeletal examination techniques and skills
  • Intense exposure to the in and out patient treatment of the traumatic orthopaedic patient through participation in clinical, operative and call activities at the Level I Trauma Center
  • Direct instruction and mentoring from faculty members fellowship-trained in their respective orthopaedic subspecialties
  • Ample opportunities to participate in new and ongoing research initiatives within the department
  • Flexible scheduling of rotations - rotations are designed around the schedules and academic calendars of the applicants

The externship rotation is designed for medical students in their final year of study. To maximize the learning experience for all students, only one student is placed on any given rotation. 

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 contact the office at 314-362-6854.

Valid start weeks for 4-week blocks are flexible beginning Monday, July 3, 2017 through Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Housing
Students are responsible for procuring their own housing for the duration of the externship. Please click here for a list of housing options. Past students have also used Rotating Room, a website designed to help area students sublet rooms.

Responsibilities
Medical students on Orthopaedic Surgery Rotations will be responsible for the following:

  • Participation in Clinic and OR Hours
  • The demonstration of basic knowledge of patient care during clinic
  • Conference attendance
  • Attendance and participation in tutorials
  • Participation in call
  • Patient Workups
  • Maturity and Professionalism

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INTERESTED IN APPLYING?

PLEASE CONTACT Heather Robinson before applying to VSAS. We will begin accepting preliminary applications on March 1, 2017. Contact Heather by email or by telephone at (314) 747-2996 to apply. The deadline to submit preliminary applications is March 31, 2017. Applications received after the deadline will be considered according to availability. You will be notified of acceptance into the program by April 14, 2017.

Applications
After making contact with Heather Robinson, please apply to the externship program by using the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) maintained by the Curriculum Office at Washington University School of Medicine to obtain information and the application. NOTE: The VSAS website opens May 1, 2017.

The VSAS web site address is: http://wusmdar1.wustl.edu/medstudents/eletvcat.nsf. You will notice that VSAS offers rotations according to specific 4-week blocks. Please find the closest dates among these blocks and choose them. Once you are accepted into the program, we will adjust your dates.

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

 

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