IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93LA755 — ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA


This is an advanced clinical elective focusing on the management of patients sustaining major Orthopaedic injuries and their sequelae. Students will be involved in all aspects of the continuum of care, including initial emergency management, non-operative and surgical treatment of injuries, inpatient care, and the outpatient management of patients sustaining fractures and dislocations of the extremities and pelvis. Students will work with faculty daily and are expected to have direct participation in all activities. On average one day per week will be in outpatient clinic. Two days of weekend call are anticipated. In addition to a strong clinical experience, there will be three didactic lectures on essential Orthopaedic Trauma topics with associated readings. The application of basic science foundations in anatomy, cell biology/systems physiology, and fundamental biomechanical principles will be emphasized as they relate to the treatment of fractures and optimizing fracture healing.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Kelly Taylor (ktaylor@iuhealth.org)

Director: Roman Natoli, M.D., Ph.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Methodist Professional Center One (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Learn, describe, and apply Orthopaedic history and physical exam principles and techniques as they relate to an extremity injury and poly-trauma patient. (PC1)
  • 2) Evaluate, interpret, and communicate radiographic features of injured extremities. (ISC5)
  • 3) Describe the initial management of fractures, including reduction, splinting/ immobilization, and traction. (MK4)
  • 4) Formulate and discuss an overall management plan for nonoperative or surgical treatment of simple fractures. (PC3)
  • 5) Discuss preoperative planning. (MK4)
  • 6) Apply knowledge of anatomy to surgical approaches and fracture characteristics. (MK3)
  • 7) Perform inpatient and outpatient postoperative management of patients who have sustained fractures (MK4)
  • 8) Describe basics of musculoskeletal biomechanics, bone biology, and fracture healing as they relate to fracture patterns and fixation techniques. (MK3)
  • 9) Improve skill in closure and management of simple extremity wounds. (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Student skills will be evaluated by direct faculty observation. An oral presentation on a topic of the student's choice; an approximate 15 min ppt presentation during the 3rd or 4th week of the rotation. Direct feedback will be provided by all faculty and there will be an exit interview with the course director).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: Completion of IU Phase 2 Surgery Clerkship or Equivalent (i.e.,, Core surgical rotation at home institution) 4th year status or 3rd year interested in Orthopedic Surgery. It is strongly recommended, but not required that students are interested in pursuing residency in Orthopedics.

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 60

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical, 10% Library/Research; 10% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Kelly Taylor (ktaylor@iuhealth.org

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None