Medical student clerkships and externships

The Department of Orthopaedics offers two course options for orthopaedic medical student clerkships, an elective and a DOC5/sub-internship. The department also offers podiatric student externships.

Medical Student Clerkships

Orthopaedic medical student clerkships

Orthopaedic medical student clerkships

The Department of Orthopaedics offers two courses for fourth year medical students who wish to do a one-month rotation in orthopaedics. These two courses are offered at a number of clinical sites. All courses at all sites are open to Ohio State students. Only courses which are based at OSU are open to students from other colleges. The goal of each rotation is to give the student a well-rounded, thorough introduction into orthopaedics and the sub-specialties therein. Students are permitted and encouraged to customize their one-month rotation in order to gain exposure and experience in the sub-specialties of their choice. The director of medical student education and the education coordinator will work with the student to identify his or her area of interest and then schedule the student for one-week blocks accordingly.

There are two levels of responsibility from which the student may choose. The elective offers the student a basic introduction into orthopaedics. The DOC5, or sub-internship, offers the student a more in-depth study of the discipline. The DOC5 requires additional participation on the part of the student. For example, students are required to attend conferences, take in-house call and present a paper or case presentation during one of the residency program’s educational conferences.

Sub-Specialty Areas

The Department of Orthopaedics has a diverse faculty with attendings representing each sub-specialty. Students have the option of choosing to work with attendings from the following areas:
  • Adult reconstruction/joint replacement
  • Foot and ankle
  • Hand and upper extremity
  • Musculoskeletal oncology
  • Pediatric orthopaedics
  • Spine
  • Sports medicine – shoulder and knee
  • Trauma

Visiting Students

Students from other colleges and universities may apply for an externship rotation in orthopaedics at The Ohio State University. Enrollment is not restricted to certain months. Please check The Ohio State University College of Medicine visiting students website to see if there is space available for the month in which you would like to enroll. For students interested in applying for an externship at OSU, the following procedure applies:
  • Students must apply through VSAS. Students must indicate the months in which they are available for an elective at Ohio State. To better your chances of enrollment, always indicate a first and second choice
  • Once the College of Medicine has approved your application, an approval form will be submitted to the Department of Orthopaedics. The department will determine if there is space available for either your first or second choice of months
  • The VSAS system will send you notification via e-mail that you have been accepted for an elective
  • The Department of Orthopaedics will send you detailed information on the rotation and schedule
Participation in a visiting elective at OSU does not guarantee an interview for the residency program. You will be notified in early November if you are granted an interview.

The Ohio State University College of Medicine does not offer any free or low-cost housing for visiting medical students. Information about off-campus housing is available online at OSU Office of International Affairs Temporary Housing.
For questions regarding your application to The Ohio State University College of Medicine or to enroll in a fourth year elective, contact:

Barbara Ferguson

College of Medicine
1190C Graves Hall
370 W. 9th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

Podiatric Summer Externships

Orthopaedic podiatric student externships

Orthopaedic podiatric student externships

This externship takes place within the Department of Orthopaedics at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and The Ohio State University Hospitals East in Columbus, Ohio. The Department of Orthopaedics sponsors a three-year rotating residency program in podiatric surgery, as well as a five-year residency program in orthopaedics. We are unable to provide housing for externs. If you require additional assistance, please contact the residency coordinator.


We believe the externship month at Ohio State should be an educational experience, giving each student exposure to all aspects of podiatric residency training. The responsibility of the extern is to assist the surgical residents with whatever is needed. This includes (but is not limited to) the following:
  • Taking preoperative podiatric histories and physicals
  • Scrubbing and assisting surgical cases
  • Writing preoperative and postoperative notes
  • Rounding on patients
  • Attending lectures and conferences
  • All of the above is under the supervision of the program director, Dr. Alan Block. Externs will also work under the direction of both the senior and junior residents
Erik Monson, DPM
Director, Podiatric Residency Program

Application Process


Fourth year medical students currently enrolled in any college of podiatric medicine are invited to apply for the externship.

Application procedure

Please obtain a Uniform Externship Application from your school and mail it along with a CV, transcripts and scores to the address below. Selections will be made on a space available basis.

Julia Panzo
Education Program Manager
Phone: 614-293-7945
Fax: 614-293-3596

Department of Orthopaedics
725 Prior Hall
376 W. 10th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210

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