IU School of Medicine



This is a comprehensive orthopedic course encompassing outpatient and inpatient/surgical experiences. The student will have varying exposure to casting, orthopedic patient encounters (fractures, sprains, sciatica, low back pain, OA, etc...), surgical exposure (including closure, dissection, etc...), epidural injections, surgical instrumentation (including arthroplasty and pedicle screws), read films with musculoskeletal radiologist, orthopedic call (including ER evaluations of orthopedic trauma), sports medicine and physiatry clinic, opportunity to work in close affiliation with IU training room staff and athletes.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Patty Booker (pabooker@iupui.edu)

Director: Brian Murphy, M.D.

Campus: Bloomington

Location: IU Health Bloomington Hospital, Monroe Hospital, Southern Indiana Surgery Center (Bloomington)

Other Faculty: Jeff Beck, MD; James Lindner, MD, William Latimer, MD

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Diagnose and develop a treatment plan for commonly encountered orthopedic diseases and injuries (PC3)
  • 2) Demonstrate a full musculoskeletal exam using proper technique (PC1)
  • 3) Recognize indications for and interpret tests used in the evaluation of the orthopedic patient (PC3)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Clinical Observation)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 100% Clinical

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None