The Summer Externship Program

Introduction

The Department is committed to increasing diversity within the field of orthopaedic surgery. We encourage under-represented minorities in the field of orthopaedics to rotate for one month in our department prior to applying to orthopaedic residency. To that end, we are to offering funded positions to support students who are under represented minorities in the field of orthopaedic surgery. An independent committee will select award winners based upon merit, scholarship and need. Scholarship funding will be used to assist with travel and living expenses while in New York City.

The goal of the program is to provide the interested extern with an overview of academic orthopaedic surgery. Each extern is assigned a member of our faculty as a preceptor. The preceptor is responsible for delineating the student's daily and weekend schedules, as well as helping the student pick a topic for presentation to the department at the end of the externship. The student shadows the preceptor during his/her time at our institution; however, the experience should expand beyond that of one-on-one shadowing.

Program Goals

Externs will have the opportunity to experience patient care in a variety of settings: the operating room, the private office, and the hospital clinic and are encouraged to become a part of the preceptor’s orthopaedic team. Externs may spend time in the Samuels Orthopaedic Immediate Care Center to experience the care of the acutely injured orthopaedic patient (the preceptor or the chief resident arranges this experience.) Additionally, externs may make arrangements to shadow one of the on-call trauma teams if desired.

Externs gain exposure to the following:

  • The orthopaedic history and physical
  • Orthopaedic Radiology
  • Basic splinting & casting techniques
  • Office based Orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedic care in an acute setting
  • Operative treatment of common orthopaedic conditions

A number of sessions are arranged to help guide students through these topics. Students are expected to read during the externship to broaden their experience.

Program Expectations

Externs are expected to dress appropriately during the rotation.

The culmination of the externship consists of a brief review of a topic of interest or an original research project. Externs can choose a topic during the externship or pursue a previous topic of interest keeping in mind that the topic should be decided early enough for the extern to complete his/her research during the rotation. This presentation consists of a formal computer slide show presentation lasting approximately seven minutes.

At a minimum, externs spend one day in the operating room, one day in an office setting, and one day working on the designated research project per week.

How to Apply

Please forward a copy of your CV and letter of interest addressed to Dr. Eric Strauss, Director of the Summer Externship Program via Randie Godette at randie.godette@nyumc.org

The deadline for the submission of your CV and letter of interest is February 16.

Diversity Scholarships

The Department is committed to increasing diversity within the field of orthopaedic surgery. We encourage underrepresented minorities in the field of orthopaedics to rotate for one month in our department prior to applying to orthopaedic residency. To that end, we are to offering funded positions to support students who are under represented minorities in the field of orthopaedic surgery. An independent committee will select award winners based upon merit, scholarship and need. Scholarship funding will be used to assist with travel and living expenses while in New York City.

To apply for this funding, please forward a letter of recommendation in addition to your letter of interest in the program and your CV. All letters should be addressed to Dr. Eric Strauss, Director of the Summer Externship Program, via Randie Godette at randie.godette@nyumc.org

Overview of Application Requirements

Externship Applicants:

  1. CV
  2. Letter of Interest

Externship and Diversity Scholarship Applicants:

  1. CV
  2. Letter of Interest (please include your under-represented minority status in your letter of interest)
  3. Letter of Recommendation

All letters should be addressed to Dr. Eric Strauss, Director of the Summer Externship Program, via Randie Godette at randie.godette@nyumc.org

Please address all letters to:
Eric Strauss, MD
Program Director, Summer Externship Program Hospital for Joint Diseases at NYU Langone Medical Center
301 East 17th Street
New York, NY 10003