Externship Program

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

Our schedule is currently filled for our 2022 Sub-I rotations. Students are being added to a waitlist and will be notified if space becomes available. Please do not apply to VSLO until you are notified by us.

Interested applicants must first apply here to the department. Students will upload a current CV, USMLE Step One score report, and an unofficial medical school transcript. Students will be notified of their acceptance by Friday, April 15. Only accepted students will submit their application to VSAS starting on April 18. Students applying after April 18 will be accepted on an individual basis. Applications submitted without prior approval from the department will be denied.  

The rotation dates for 2022 are:

  • July 5, 2022 – July 31, 2022 
  • August 1, 2022 – August 28, 2022 
  • August 29, 2022 – September 25, 2022  
  • September 26, 2022 – October 23, 2022    
  • October 24, 2022 – November 20, 2022 

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

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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