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 2024-2025 VSLO Catalog will open on March 1, 2024. Departments review applications and will begin making rolling offers within VSLO for rotations beginning on April 1, 2024.
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 committed to developing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for its patients, trainees, and faculty, we are happy to offer the University of Colorado Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Visiting Medical Student Diversity Scholarship to provide financial assistance for a 4th year medical student who is planning a career in orthopedic surgery and want to do a four-week rotation with us. Diverse students whose backgrounds and/or identities are underrepresented in orthopedics as well as female applicants interested in orthopedics are encouraged to apply. The chosen applicants will be provided a stipend of $2,500 to be used towards their food, housing, and/or travel expenses. Scholarship awardees will be strongly considered for an interview.
One-month clinical clerkship
Mentorship by the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery faculty member
Financial assistance: $2,500
Must be an upcoming 4th-year medical student at a domestic LCME-accredited medical school who plans to enter Orthopedic residency
Upload an unofficial transcript
Provide one (1) letter of recommendation from a professional reference who can speak to your goals and academic experience
Provide a personal statement (maximum 300 words) addressing how you contribute to diversity in orthopedics
How to apply:
Submit application and required documents via Smartsheet Form (CV, transcripts, letter of recommendation, personal statement)
The deadline for application is April 15th each year.
Applicant will be notified no later than May 5th each year.
We will select a 4th-year student for the scholarship. Selection will be based on a holistic approach. Students’ academic achievements, leadership, academic research, orthopedic interests, and good academic standing will be considered when selecting candidates.
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.