4th Year Ortho Clerkship Electives and Acting Interns
The Department of Orthopedic Surgery offers six formal medical student courses including ORTH 8000, our Acting Intern course.
Our four-week courses assess students based on six core competencies and are designed for those interested in Orthopedics. They offer comprehensive exposure to Adult Reconstruction, Foot and Ankle, Hand and Upper Extremity, Spine, Sports Medicine, Trauma, Oncology, and Pediatrics, as well as research and scholarly activities. Each course has a dedicated director responsible for curriculum development and implementation.
The courses offered by the Department are as follows:
You can also visit the Office of the Registrar's website to learn how to register. Any specific questions about registering for a course should
be directed to the University of Colorado School of Medicine Student Life Registrar.
The CUSOM Academic Year 2023-2024 VSLO Catalog is open. Students can begin applying for electives but departments will not start reviewing until March 1, 2023. Departments review applications and will begin making rolling offers within VSLO for rotations beginning on April 24, 2023.
Our fourth-year student program is open to students from over 130 LCME-accredited medical schools across the U.S. Similar to most medical schools, we utilize the Visiting Student Application Service Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS), an online application system created by the AAMC for senior "away" electives. Please verify with your institution if they use this service. To enroll in a rotation with our program, you must submit a request through VSLO. It's essential to note that
VSLO registration becomes available in March of each academic year.
If you are a CU medical student interested in observing our faculty apply here.
If you are not a CU medical student and are interested in an observership apply here.
We also offer shadow opportunities. Shadowing is short term, a total of 12 hours per year. If you are interested in shadowing please complete our online application.
The University of Colorado Department of Orthopedics is dedicated to advising medical students interested in pursuing a career in Orthopedics. Dr. Frank Scott, the Ortho Clerkship and Medical Student Director, welcomes meetings with University of Colorado medical students who are considering Orthopedics as their career path.
Dr. Scott is available to help students with inquiries related to career exploration, fourth-year scheduling, residency applications, and providing specific information about residency programs. For students fully committed to a career in Orthopedics, we encourage them to also meet with Dr. Evalina Burger, MD, the Chair of the Department of Orthopedics.