Orthopaedic Surgery Medical Student Education

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UAMS prides itself on the education and training provided to medical students who choose to rotate with our program. Students from medical schools throughout the United States participate in our elective away rotations and gain first-hand experience in orthopaedic medicine.

Our educational offerings are designed to provide students with a general understanding of the various types of orthopaedic conditions and procedures, to teach them the principles behind the evaluation and treatment of patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and to give students exposure and experience in the operating room and in various other clinical settings.

Our medical student programs offer both clinical and research opportunities along with mentorship from our fellowship-trained orthopaedic experts. In addition to the M3 orthopaedics selective and other courses, medical students can take advantage of our educational and research programs including visiting student elective rotations, summer research programs, the UAMS honors designation research program, and ortho interest group.

Virtual Rotations

The Department of Orthopedic Surgery at UAMS has developed a four-week virtual elective rotation to allow students  interested in pursuing orthopaedics to get a first-hand account of our program. Learn More

UAMS Ortho Interest Group

The UAMS Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group provides UAMS medical students an opportunity to learn more about the diverse field of orthopaedics and to explore their interests in the specialties. Learn More

Meet the Medical Student Clerkship Director


John W. Bracey Jr., M.D.
Student Clerkship Director

John W. Bracey, M.D. is an associate professor and orthopaedic hand and upper extremity surgeon UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. He earned his medical degree from UAMS where he was awarded the Faculty Key given to the top graduating student. He continued his training at UAMS in the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency program where he earned the Residency Leadership and Teaching Award. Dr. Bracey completed a fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, N.C., under the direction of Dr. Glen Gaston. He additionally traveled to Florianopolis, Brazil, to study under Dr. Jayme Bertelli, an expert in brachial plexus injuries.