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Medical Student Electives: Orthopaedics Operative

Orthopaedics Operative


To provide the student with an exposure to the surgical methods of treatment of orthopaedic problems. Emphasis is placed on intraoperative teaching. Students will follow patients during their hospital stay, and assist in pre- and postoperative care. Correlation between the clinical symptoms and physical findings and intraoperative pathology are stressed.

Learning Experience

The Bassett Hospital has a busy trauma service and provides care for a large rheumatoid population. In addition, many sports and farm injuries are treated. The operative experience includes fracture surgery, total joint replacement, arthroscopic surgery, and spinal surgery, in addition to basic orthopaedic disorders.


Students will be part of the orthopaedic team and have close contact with the attending staff.


A synthesis of opinion is provided to the student by the attending staff and senior resident staff at the end of the course.


Available all year. 4 week rotation.  Number of fourth year students per month: One. Housing is provided when available, with the exception of the months of January, June and July. Conferences to be attended: Orthopaedic Journal Club on Monday at 7:30 AM Orthopaedic Rounds on Thursday at 7:15 AM. 


Members of the Attending Staff.