Externship Program

Washington University's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers in-person sub-internship rotations (also called externships) for fourth-year medical students.

Interested applicants must first apply to the department. Students should email a CV, an unofficial medical school transcript, and a photo to Tracy Line, Education Coordinator. Only accepted students will submit their application to VSLO. Applications submitted without prior approval from the department will be denied. 

The rotation dates for 2023 are:
 
July 3, 2023 – July 30, 2023
July 31, 2023 – August 27, 2023
August 28, 2023 – September 24, 2023 
September 25, 2023 – October 22, 2023   
October 23, 2023 – November 20, 2023

Medical students will rotate at satellite locations in the St. Louis area and will be required to have access to their own transportation. 

Support for Diversity and Equity

Washington University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery welcomes all applicants to our externship program. We firmly align with Washington University’s academic goal of fostering a diverse academic community, and our goal as a department is to train the next generation of orthopedic surgical leaders and transform the future of orthopedic care through discovery and innovation.

Support in the form of a $2,000 stipend is available for externship applicants who belong to groups that have been traditionally disadvantaged, underrepresented, or inadequately supported in medical training, or to those experiencing financial hardship. Stipends may be used for transportation, housing, fees and other living expenses. To apply for the stipend, please submit your CV, Step One score and statement of interest (200 words or less) to  Tracy Line, Manager of Medical Education

Supporting diversity, equity and inclusion in access to medical training and clinical care is a priority for Washington University Orthopedics, and of personal significance to Regis O’Keefe, MD, PhD, the Fred C. Reynolds Professor and Chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery:

"From the age of five, I was raised by a high school educated, first-generation citizen, single mother who worked full time selling dresses in a Pittsburgh department store. I was so fortunate along the way to receive support and participate in programs that allowed me to attend college, become a physician and make contributions as an orthopaedic surgeon. 

 We hope this program at Washington University Orthopedics will provide unique opportunities for students to reach career aspirations and to make a difference by advancing the care and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal diseases for years to come.” -Regis

 

 

Learn More

Learn more about clinical training programs at Washington University Orthopedics, including our orthopaedic surgery residency (#3 program in the country) and fellowship programs.

 

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