IU School of Medicine



Students will observe two orthopaedic surgeons specializing in the treatment of knee pain and knee injuries. Students will have exposure to both operative and nonoperative treatment, and will learn the necessary components of a thorough knee examination. This physician practice has an active research department that has tracked the outcomes of all surgical patients for the last 25+ years and modified their treatments based on this research. Students will be exposed to this clinical research and will also observe a unique, close working relationship between the physicians and rehabilitation staff. Students will be observing in the outpatient clinic and during surgery. Exact hours may vary based on the physicians' schedules, but are generally from 8am to 5pm. Generally, each week will consist of 3 days in surgery and 12 days in clinic. A weekly conference is held on Tuesday mornings at 7am, consisting of educational presentations and journal article reviews. Students will be responsible for presenting a case report or journal article review at one of the Tuesday morning meetings during their rotation

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Adam Norris (ANorris@ecommunity.com)

Director: K. Donald Shelbourne, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Shelbourne Knee Center (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Explain and demonstrate the prerequisite components for performing an appropriate examination of the knee joint (PC1)
  • 2) Explain the clinical signs and symptoms associated with common knee conditions (PC1)
  • 3) Appreciate the value and importance of nonoperative treatment methods for appropriate knee conditions (MK5)
  • 4) Identify the relevant knee anatomy during arthroscopic and open knee surgical procedures (MK1)
  • 5) Analyze and evaluate the current literature in regards to a specific knee condition or pathology (PBLI1)
  • 6) Demonstrate treatment appropriate for patients for his/her condition attending the clinic (PC2)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; Knee Exam Checklist Students will be evaluated in discussions with the course director and with the Knee Exam Checklist for their skills with performing a knee examination. Students will also be responsible for presenting on of the following to the physicians and rehabilitation staff during a Tuesday morning meeting: a) Case report of a patient the student encountered during this rotation, including a summary of the relevant literature regarding the case.

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 95% Clinical; 5% Lecture/seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Adam Norris (ANorris@ecommunity.com) Contact course director and research manager at time of enrollment and at least 3 months in advance of rotation. Community Health Network has required paperwork/training to be completed before rotation.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Physical Therapists work as clinical assistants with the doctor. Therefore the student will directly observe how treatment plans are developed between the physician and the physical therapist. The student will be able to observe physical therapy treatment procedures and techniques.

Service Learning Included: None