IU School of Medicine



A clinically oriented-rotation designed to introduce students to Orthopaedic Surgery as a specialty. Clinical exposure varies between hospitals. Eskenazi Hospital is general orthopaedics and trauma. IU Health Physicians/Methodist Hospital consists of two separate rotations, one trauma and one adult reconstruction. Riley is primarily pediatric orthopaedics. Students will be assigned to the resident orthopaedic staff for clinic, ward and surgical disciplines, attend conferences and formal hospital rounds, and serve periodic night duty in the Emergency Ward at Eskenazi Health Services. Students will rotate through four of the five locations in one week blocks during the month. Hospital assignments will be made based on availability and student preference. Please contact our office to list Hospitals in order of preference (963-1965. and we will do our best to accommodate. Students are expected to gain a firm grasp of general orthopaedics from a clinical perspective. Emphasis is placed upon clinical evaluation, diagnostic testing, diagnosis & treatment plan for patients presenting in a typical clinical setting. Intimate involvement with operative intervention is anticipated.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Jennifer Andy (jandy@iuhealth.org)

Director: J. Andrew Parr, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Eskenazi Health Services, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) recognize common causes of orthopaedic pathology, such as fracture, osteoarthritis, and ligament/tendon injury (MK2)
  • 2) apply physical exam techniques to diagnose these common pathologies (PC1)
  • 3) understand the various treatment options for these conditions (MK5)
  • 4) learn and demonstrate basic procedural skills like arthrocentesis, suturing, fracture reduction and splinting (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Assessment will be done by observation by attendings, residents and allied health personnel. Evaluation will include clinical presentations, performance in the operating room, and interactions with nurses, therapists and other clinical staff)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50

Time Distribution: 100% Clinical

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Jennifer Andy (jandy@iuhealth.org)

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None