Orthopedic Surgery Virtual Visiting Medical Student Rotation

Like other academic medical centers across the United States who are following the recommendations of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), visiting away rotations at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have been suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

In response, the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at UAMS is developing a virtual visiting medical student rotation for students who are interested in learning more about our orthopaedic residency training program.

If you would like to to receive communication on our upcoming virtual opportunities to interact with our program, please complete the information in the MS4 Request Form.

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Visiting Rotation in Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery invites fourth-year medical students to participate in our Senior Medical Student Elective Rotation at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).

VSAS will open and applications will be accepted beginning March 6, 2020.

This elective rotation is designed for visiting students currently in their fourth-year of medical school who are interested in pursuing a career in orthopaedic surgery. Students will have the opportunity to gain additional knowledge, skills, and clinical experience in the field of orthopaedic surgery, with exposure the various didactic programs in the department.  Medical students from throughout the United States rotate in our four-week elective and gain experience in the following areas:

  • medical histories and physical exams for patients with musculoskeletal conditions
  • musculoskeletal imaging
  • basic splinting and casting techniques
  • diagnosis and treatment approaches
  • operative treatment of common orthopaedic conditions
  • orthopedic care in an acute setting

The cornerstone of our program is extensive experience with our fellowship-trained academic orthopaedic faculty, many of whom are considered world experts in their respective subspecialties.

Block Rotations 2020-2021

The course consists of a four-week rotation offered in available blocks from July through November as listed below:

Dates: (Monday – Sunday)
June 29, 2020 – July 26, 2020
July 27, 2020 – August 23, 2020
August 24, 2020 – September 20, 2020
September 21, 2020 – October 18, 2020
October 19, 2020– November 15, 2020
November 16, 2020– December 14, 2020
January 4, 2021 – January 31, 2021
February 1, 2021 – February 28, 2021
March 1, 2021 – March 28, 2021
March 29, 2021– April 25, 2021

How to Apply

UAMS uses VSAS, the Visiting Student Application Service, to receive visiting student applications. To apply, please complete and send a VSAS application.  For more information on VSAS, please visit www.aamc.org/vsas or contact VSAS at vsas@aamc.org or (202) 478-9878.

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Diversity Scholarship Opportunities

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is committed to increasing diversity in our field and encourages medical students who are underrepresented racial minorities to apply for a four-week visiting student rotation to gain clinical experience in the field. We offer scholarships to support students in this effort.
Learn more about scholarship applications and how to apply.

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Visiting Student Information Packet

View or download the visiting information packet.

Helpful links:

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If you have questions about our Visiting Medical Student Rotation, please contact:

Darlene Clinton
Orthopaedic Residency and Student Clerkship Coordinator