Externship Program

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

Medical students should apply through AAMC Visiting Student Learning Opportunities (VSLO). If you have questions about Washington University Orthopedics or would like to express your interest in our program, please reach out to Alisa Cooperstein, Manager of Medical Education. 2021 rotation dates include:

  • August 2 - August 27, 2021
  • August 30 - September 24, 2021
  • September 27 - October 22, 2021
  • October 25 - November 19, 2021

Virtual Programs

Fourth-year medical students who are unable to rotate at WashU can also participate virtually. Ortho Thursdays is a program on Thursday evenings at 8pm CST. The program lasts about 1-1.5 hours and includes a short teaching session by one of our residents (similar to something you would hear if you were on call in the ED and had a minute to talk about common cases). The remainder of the time is social time/Q&A.

In addition, we will hold multiple information sessions on social media and zoom to meet Dr. Aleem, our residency program director, and learn our training program. 

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 Alisa Cooperstein, 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


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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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