Fourth Year Medical Student Electives

The Boston University School of Medicine Office of the Registrar must approve all Boston University elective rotations.  Elective rotations are based on the BU Rotation Block Schedule, to review the schedule click here. Space is limited and preference is always given to Boston University Fourth Year Medical Students.  Non-BU Students are welcome to complete a rotation on the Orthopaedic Surgery Service.  The elective application process to Boston University School of Medicine for students enrolled in LCME accredited medical schools are to apply through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS).  For more information on VSAS, please click here or contact vsas@aamc.org or call (202) 478-9878.  It is the policy of the Boston University School of Medicine to disallow international medical students from doing rotations at Boston University Medical Center.

To get first preference over other non-BU students and to a get a spot on your preferred rotation while you wait for VSAS to open, you may contact the Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program Coordinator, Lynnette St. Louis at lynnette.stlouis@bmc.org.  Positions are granted on a first come, first serve basis.

As a student on the service, you will be required to complete a 10-minute case presentation at the end of your rotation. Details of the presentation will be distributed to you once your application has been approved and scheduled for your rotation.

There are five Orthopaedic Surgery Rotations that you may choose from. The first three rotations are on the Boston University Medical Center campus and are part of the Primary Institutions educational experience. These rotations have sub-specialty focus. Students from all three rotations will participate in call at Boston Medical Center and will be on-call every fourth night. A broad-based, general orthopaedic surgery rotation may be completed at Lahey Clinic, a community based hospital located in Burlington, Massachusetts. Lastly, for a purely pediatric experience, you may choose a rotation to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts. A detailed description of each rotation is below.

TRAUMA & FRACTURE (Shortell Service)
ELECTIVE 550.3

Supervisor: Paul Tornetta III, MD
Instructors: William Creevy, MD and Paul Tornetta III, MD
Number of students: 3
Location: Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

The elective will be shaped according to the individual student’s future objectives. In particular, there is access to pediatric and adult trauma as well as hand trauma and spine trauma. As an orthopaedic team member, the student will participate actively in the care of patients seen in the operating rooms, emergency rooms, clinics, and on the floors. Most of the time will be spent in the emergent care of patients, fracture reduction, application of casts and splints, and participating in the daily work effort.

Students are encouraged to go to the operating room to scrub on cases. The basic schedule begins with ward rounds, followed by a conference at 6:15 am in which the attending staff reviews all of the patients treated the previous day and their x-rays. There are teaching conferences on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and some Tuesdays. These conferences include grand rounds, didactic lectures and a weekly case review of all operations performed during the week. Attending physicians run all conferences.
Guest lecturers are frequently present for grand rounds presentations.

This elective offers multiple opportunities in the clinical and academic environment from which the student can draw. The elective is a busy one but should be extremely educational. The opportunity to get involved in research also exists.

ORTHOPAEDIC SPORTS MEDICINE, ADULT RECONSTRUCTION & SPINE (Leach Service)
ELECTIVE 554.2

Supervisor: Robert Nicoletta, MD
Instructors:  Thomas Einhorn, MD (Adult Reconstruction); Xinning Li, MD, (Sports Medicine); Robert Nicoletta, MD (Sports Medicine); Brian Silvia, MD (Adult Reconstruction); Chadi Tannoury, MD (Spine); Tony Tannoury, MD (Spine)
Number of students: 3
Location: Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

This elective focuses on the sub-specialties of adult reconstruction, orthopaedic sports medicine, and the treatment of spinal disorders and ailments. The student will be involved with inpatient/outpatient as well as on the field evaluation and treatment of athletic injuries. This includes sports medicine clinics at Boston Medical Center and Boston University. The student will also be involved closely with inpatient care of the orthopaedic service patients and with the surgical procedures performed by the preceptor. Furthermore, the student will be expected, at the appropriate time of year, to attend intercollegiate athletic events with the preceptor for on-the-field management and care of athletic injuries.

Students are encouraged to go to the operating room to scrub on cases. The basic schedule begins with ward rounds, followed by a conference at 6:15 am in which the attending staff reviews all of the patients treated the previous day and their x-rays. There are teaching conferences on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and some Tuesdays. These conferences include grand rounds, didactic lectures and a weekly case review of all operations performed during the week. Attending physicians run all conferences.
Guest lecturers are frequently present for grand rounds presentations.

ORTHOPAEDIC PEDIATRIC and HAND SURGERY (Cotton Service)
ELECTIVE 554.1

Supervisor: Andrew B. Stein, MD
Instructors: T. Desmond Brown, MD (Pediatric); Andrew Jawa, MD (Hand); Andrew Stein, MD (Hand)
Number of students: 2
Location: Boston Medical Center, Boston, MA

Boston Medical Center has an active orthopaedic staff with the majority of operative procedures being reconstructive operations. The student will work with three orthopaedic surgeons specializing in foot and ankle, pediatric, and hand surgery. The student will act in the capacity of a junior resident with regular patient responsibilities, clinic and operating room duties. He/she will attend teaching conferences and rounds of the orthopaedic staff. It is not intended that the student act as an observer in this elective but as an integrated part of the patient care team.

Students are encouraged to go to the operating room to scrub on cases. The basic schedule begins with ward rounds, followed by a conference at 6:15 am in which the attending staff reviews all of the patients treated the previous day and their x-rays. There are teaching conferences on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and some Tuesdays. These conferences include grand rounds, didactic lectures and a weekly case review of all operations performed during the week. Attending physicians run all conferences.
Guest lecturers are frequently present for grand rounds presentations.

GENERAL ORTHOPAEDIC SURGERY
ELECTIVE 554.0

Supervisor: Michael Thompson, MD
Number of students: 2
Location: Lahey Clinic, Burlington, MA (about 20 miles north of Boston)

This elective is for fourth year medical students interested in pursuing a career in Orthopaedic Surgery. This elective can be focused on: adult reconstruction, hand, joints, foot & ankle, sports medicine, and trauma.  Students will participate in the care of patients treated in the outpatient clinics, emergency room, hospital, and operating room. Students will work as members of the orthopaedic resident team. In addition, medical students will participate in resident lectures and have the opportunity to do orthopaedic research.

PEDIATRIC ORTHOPAEDICS
ELECTIVE 555.0

Supervisor: David M. Drvaric, MD
Number of students: 1
Location: Shriners Hospital for Children, Springfield, MA (about 90 miles west of Boston)

The student will work at Shriners Hospital for Children in Springfield, Massachusetts. This institution has 400 inpatient beds, three operating rooms, extensive outpatient clinics, a Gait Analysis Laboratory, and a Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics. The student will participate in Outpatient and inpatient activities as well as daily teaching conferences. Time will be allowed for clinical research. The elective will be quite valuable for future orthopaedic surgeons, pediatricians, radiologists, and family practitioners.

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