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Department of Orthopedic Surgery Elective Catalog Introduction to Orthopedic Surgery Elective

Introduction to Orthopedic Surgery Elective

Preceptor:  Mara Karamitopoulos, MD
Course Code: 09-01
Telephone: (212) 598-6509

NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
301 E. 17th Street Room 1402
New York, NY 10003

Prerequisites:  Medicine and Surgery


This course will provide a general overview to the nature of Orthopedic Surgery and its practice. The course consists of a four-week rotation on the various orthopedic services contained within the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. The student will be exposed to operating room procedures, emergency room diagnosis and treatment, care and evaluation of in-house patients and the varying didactic programs of the department. It is designed for students interested in gaining additional knowledge about orthopedic surgery and/or students wishing to become orthopedic surgeons.

Objectives of the Elective

  1. To gain a general understanding of the various different types of orthopedic practices and procedures.
  2. To understand the principles behind the evaluation and treatment of orthopedic patients.
  3. To gain operating room exposure and experience.
  4. To demonstrate the ability to present and give a cogent case history presentation and discussion.

Key Responsibilities of the Student While on the Elective

Each student is assigned to a specific orthopedic team at the NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases. Each student is assigned to one of the following services:

  • Adult Service
  • Pediatric Service
  • Spine Service
  • Sports Medicine Service
  1. The student is an integral member of the team and responsible for rounding on patients and providing clinical care in the Emergency Room and operating theatre.
  2. The student is required to spend one night a week on-call and spend one weekend day/night during the rotation on-call at the Bellevue Hospital Emergency Room. While on-call, the students are expected to assist the junior resident on-call in the evaluation and management of acute orthopedic injuries.
  3. The student is also responsible for preparing and giving a case presentation to his/her preceptor twice during the 4 week rotation, as well as actively participating in weekly student conferences and weekly team conferences.
  4. A talk will be developed and given at the end of the rotation.

Didactic Program:

Each student is assigned a preceptor, who is a member of the full time orthopedic faculty. The student will meet with his/her preceptor twice during the rotation and present a case followed by a discussion to their preceptor. The didactic program also consists of weekly conferences and Wednesday grand rounds, at which time the student is expected to be prepared to answer varying questions tailored to their abilities and knowledge.

Students will also be required to attend skills sessions on splinting/casting as well as fracture fixation during the rotation.

Method of Evaluation:

The students are evaluated by the chief resident assigned to their service and also by their preceptor. They are evaluated based on their performance during the rotation, including knowledge base, ability to work as a team member and interactions with patients and peers.

Students per rotation: 12

Scheduling Information:

Months offered: All year (Please refer to the Academic Calendars/Elective Block Dates).
Report to: Randie Godette
NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases
301 E. 17th Street Room 1402
(212) 598-6509

For visiting students, the application can be found here. In addition to the NYU Application, please submit a copy of your CV, medical school transcript and USMLE transcript.

Once your medical school has approved your application, please forward it to the address listed above.