IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 02LA701 — ORTHOPAEDICS


This elective will provide the medical student with the knowledge of the specialty of orthopaedic surgery. The student will be assigned to a specific orthopaedic surgeon whom he/she will accompany daily in the office, the emergency room, clinics, and teaching experiences. He/she will gain experience in x-ray, pathology, anatomy and other laboratory work, as well as clinical aspects which will include developing judgments with reference to diagnosis and treatment of fractures, adult and children orthopaedics and will include preoperative and postoperative care.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu)

Director: B. Matthew Hicks, M.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: Fort Wayne Orthopedics (Fort Wayne)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Evaluate basic orthopedic conditions using the history, physical examination and imaging techniques (PC1)
  • 2) Assess and provide initial care for orthopedic injuries that present to the emergency room (PC1)
  • 3) Assist in the care of patients in the hospital setting from admission to discharge and help develop plan of care strategies (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; 1. The students will be required to evaluate new patients in the office and hospital settings. The student will orally present their findings in the office. In the hospital setting, formal history, physicals and consult notes will be written for evaluation. Included in the evaluation of patients will be basic interpretation of radiographs. 2. Students will assist in the assessment and management of patients in the emergency room. Evaluation and initial management of injured patients will be discussed with expectations of oral presentations. 3. Students will be expected to write progress notes and assist in the admission and discharge of hospitalized patients. The notes will be evaluated for completeness and accuracy by attending staff.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50

Time Distribution: 70% Clinical; 15% Laboratory; 15% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Fort Wayne electives must go thru the Fort Wayne campus coordinators.  For Family Medicine electives contact the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program at 260-422-6573.  All others contact Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu or 260-481-0224. or Gina Bailey (gibailey@iupui.edu or 260-481-6731..  

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students interact with nursing staff in the office and hospital. During surgery, they work with anesthesiology, nursing and surgical technicians. Physical therapy and social work as well.

Service Learning Included: None