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Orthopedic Surgery Summer Externship Program

NYU Langone’s Department of Orthopedic Surgery offers a six-week summer externship program for medical students. The program provides in-depth exposure to academic orthopedic surgery early in a medical student’s education, between the first and second years. We aim to provide the kind of faculty mentorship that continues throughout medical school and into residency. This program also promotes diversity among students interested in pursuing our orthopedic surgery residency.

This opportunity is a hybrid experience with both virtual learning platforms and significant in-person contact. However, if in-person contact becomes limited due to evolving coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic restrictions, we will still offer a 100 percent virtual experience for accepted students in the program.

Each summer extern is assigned to a member of our academic faculty who serves as your preceptor for the entire six-week experience. The externship includes shadowing the faculty preceptor in the outpatient office setting, in the hospital clinic, and in the operating room, allowing for exposure to patient care in a variety of clinical settings. You are encouraged to become a part of the faculty preceptor’s orthopedic care team. Additional clinical experience is obtained by spending time in NYU Langone’s Samuels Orthopedic Immediate Care Center and taking calls alongside our orthopedic surgery residents to gain experience managing the acutely injured orthopedic patient.

You attend a weekly academic conference and lecture series covering topics including Orthopedic History and Physical Examination, Orthopedic Biomechanics, Fracture Fixation Principles, Approach to Interpreting Radiographic Studies, and Management of Common Orthopedic Pathologies. You are expected to read throughout the externship to help broaden your academic experience and also participate in hands-on skills sessions, including a splinting and casting tutorial and a sawbones fracture fixation lab.

Each summer extern is required to participate in a scholarly activity that is presented at the conclusion of the program. The scholarly activity can be a clinical or basic science research project, a review paper, or a case report. Your faculty preceptor helps you select a topic and guides you through the process, including assistance with the literature search and preparation of the presentation.

Professionalism during the externship is emphasized. Your daily schedule is determined by your faculty preceptor, with a minimum of one day a week in the operating room, two days in the office, and one day working on your academic project.

How to Apply and Important Dates

Interested first-year medical students can apply for the program by submitting a CV and a letter of interest addressed to Vinay K. Aggarwal, MD, director of the summer externship program, care of Randie Godette, senior residency program coordinator, at randie.godette@nyulangone.org.

Applications for this program were due by February 26, 2021. Please note the following important dates:

  • Program acceptances: March 29, 2021 (by end of business day)
  • Student confirmation of participation: April 2, 2021

The anticipated program dates are July 6, 2021, through August 13, 2021. Applicants should ensure their availability during the program dates prior to submitting an application for review. We understand each school’s academic calendar is variable and want to ensure maximum participation for all accepted applicants.

The program salary is $800.

Diversity Scholarships

Qualified women and members of underrepresented minority groups who are accepted into the program may be eligible for travel and housing scholarships. To apply, please send a letter of recommendation in addition to your CV and letter of interest in the program. Please note your status in an underrepresented group in your letter of interest.

All application materials should be addressed to Dr. Aggarwal, care of Ms. Godette, at randie.godette@nyulangone.org.

Learn more about our diversity scholarships and grants for students from underrepresented minority groups.