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COVID-19 update

Thank you so much for your interest in the Department of Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center! Your safety and education is our first priority. Rush, like most institutions across the country, has temporarily paused all visiting student rotations due to the effects of COVID-19. This means we are unable to accept rotators during the month of June 2020 and possibly beyond. Unfortunately, at this time we do not know when we will be allowed to resume away rotations.

Away rotations play a significant role in the residency application process, for both you and us. Our goal is to begin away rotations as soon as it is safe to do so. We will communicate updates as soon as we have them with you all. We will continue to accept applications through May 15. Once we have a more clear idea of when we can resume away student rotations, you all will be given a new opportunity to submit your preferred rotation dates.

General Information

Fourth year medical students from across the country are invited to join us at Rush University Medical Center (RUMC) for a clinical rotation to learn more about our program. Each medical student will rotate on one of our orthopaedic subspecialty services.

As part of the rotation, students will attend all conferences and spend time in both our operating rooms and clinics. Students will also assist our second year residents on call at both RUMC and John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County, a level 1 trauma center.

Goals and Objectives

By the end of rotation, the student will be able to:

  • Take a complete orthopaedic history
  • Perform a thorough orthopaedic physical examination
  • Interpret and describe basic orthopaedic radiographic findings
  • Concisely present patient findings during rounds, clinic and/or intake conference
  • Assist in basic bedside, emergency room, and operating room procedures


Tentative Available Rotations

Blocks Start Date End Date
Block 1 July 6, 2020 July 31, 2020
Block 2 August 3, 2020 August 28, 2020
Block 3 August 31, 2020 September 25, 2020
Block 4 September 28, 2020 October 23, 2020
Block 5 October 26, 2020 November 20, 2020


The pre-application period for medical student clerkships in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center for Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 clerkships is now open. In order to apply for the Summer and Fall 2020 rotations, a pre-application is required and can be accessed by clicking here. Applicants who apply between February 8th and April 1st will be notified by April 15th.Those applications received after April 15th will be notified by May 15th. If accepted by the Orthopaedic Surgery Clerkship Director, students are required to submit a secondary application to the Office of Clinical Curriculum of Rush Medical College through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). All required VSAS documentation must be received as a condition of acceptance for the rotation.

Contact Information

For more information about our medical student clerkship please contact our clerkship coordinator, Ms. Adriana Ohl, MBA.

Adriana Ohl, MBA
Orthopaedic Residency Program and Sports Medicine Fellowship Coordinator
The Orthopaedic Building
Rush University Medical Center
1611 W. Harrison Street Suite, 201
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 563-6306
Fax: (312) 942-2040
Email: [javascript protected email address]

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