Externship Program: Orthopaedic Surgery Clinical Elective (M96-815)

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 2024 are:
May 20 – June 16, 2024
July 8 – August 4, 2024
August 5 – September 1, 2024
September 3 – September 29, 2024
September 30 – October 27, 2024
October 28 – November 24, 2024

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

Financial Support Information

Washington University’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery welcomes all applicants to our externship program. 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 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, Education Coordinator.

A note from 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), physical medicine and rehabilitation residency and fellowship programs.


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