IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93LA755 — ORTHOPAEDIC TRAUMA


This is an advanced clinical elective focusing on management of patients sustaining major Orthopaedic injuries. Students will participate in all activities including initial emergency management, non-surgical and surgical treatment of injuries, inpatient care, and outpatient management of patients sustaining fractures and dislocations of the extremities and pelvis. Students will work directly with faculty daily and will be expected to have direct participation in all activities.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Nancy Hanni (nhanni@iuhealth.org)

Director: Todd McKinley, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Methodist Professional Center One (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Greg Gaski, M.D.; Laurence Kempton, M.D.; Anthony Sorkin, M.D.; Walter Virkus, M.D.; Roman Natoli, M.D. ; Joe Baele M.D.

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Examine and describe signs and deformity of an injured extremity (PC1)
  • 2) Interpret and communicate radiographic features of patients sustaining fractures (PC3)
  • 3) Describe the initial management of fractures, including reduction, splinting, and casting (MK4)
  • 4) Formulate and discuss an overall management plan for surgical or nonsurgical treatment of patients sustaining fractures (PC3)
  • 5) Outline basic orthopedic trauma surgical anatomy (MK3)
  • 6) Perform postoperative management of patients sustaining fractures (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Student skills will be evaluated by direct faculty observation, oral case presentations (two formal presentations during the last week of the rotation), an oral topic presentation (a presentation on a topic of the student's choice), and a written examination. Direct feedback will be provided by all faculty and by an exit interview with the course director).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status or 3rd year interested in Orthopaedic Surgery

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:

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None