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COVID-19 update

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Orthopedics at Rush University Medical Center! Your safety and education is our first priority. At this time, we plan to resume medical student externships on a regular schedule for the 2022 application cycle. Given the evolving nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, do not hesitate reach out to our residency coordinator, Janeth Munoz, for the most up-to-date information on rotations.

General Information

Life as a Rush orthopedic resident!


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 about our program, life in Chicago, and gain exposure to orthopedic surgery. Each medical student will rotate on one of our orthopaedic subspecialty services for four weeks. We offer clerkships on the following services: adult reconstruction, sports medicine, spine, hand, foot & ankle, trauma & pediatrics, and tumor

As part of the rotation, students will attend all resident 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.

All visiting rotations will be in person and onsite for the 2022 cycle. We are not offering virtual medical student clerkships.

Goals and Objectives

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

  • Obtain a complete orthopaedic history
  • Perform a directed orthopaedic physical examination
  • Interpret and describe basic musculoskeletal imaging findings
  • Concisely present patient findings during rounds, clinic and/or intake conference
  • Assist in bedside, emergency room, and operating room procedures
  • Develop preliminary treatment plans to manage basic orthopaedic conditions
  • Participate as an integral junior member of the orthopaedic team
  • Learn more about the Rush orthopaedic residency program and life in Chicago

Tentative Available Rotations

Blocks Start Date End Date
Block 1 June 6, 2022 July 1, 2022
Block 2 July 5, 2022 July 29, 2022
Block 3 August 1, 2022 August 26, 2022
Block 4 August 29, 2022 September 23, 2022
Block 5 September 26, 2022 October 21, 2022
Block 6 October 24, 2022 November 18, 2022


To apply for our visiting student rotations, the below application is required and can be accessed by clicking below. The application is only available through this link, and not through VSAS.

Link to application: Medical Student Clerkship Application.

The application period for medical student clerkships in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Rush University Medical Center for Summer and Fall 2022 clerkships will open on February 15th, 2022. Applicants will be notified of their status on a first-come, first-serve basis after a holistic application review. If accepted by the Orthopaedic Surgery Clerkship Director, students are required to submit credentialing documentation to the Office of Clinical Curriculum of Rush Medical College through VSAS. All required VSAS documentation must be received in a timely manner as a condition of acceptance for the rotation. Detailed instructions for VSAS requirements will be provided after applicants have completed the above application and been accepted to a rotation.

Please note: in order to apply for a visiting student rotation, applicants MUST complete the application found at the link above. An application through the VSAS system is not required nor sufficient for consideration.

Contact Information

For more information about our medical student clerkship please contact our coordinator, Janeth Munoz, BS.

Janeth Munoz, BS
Orthopaedic Surgery
Residency Coordinator
The Orthopaedic Building
Rush University Medical Center
1611 W. Harrison Street Suite, 201
Chicago, IL 60612

Phone: (312) 942-5850
Fax: (312) 942-2040
Email: [javascript protected email address]

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