Medical Student Clerkship Application

Clerkship opportunities are offered all-year round, with the heaviest months of rotation being June through November. All clerkships are setup through the CCF GME office, with Pat Gasser as the contact person. Once accepted into the medical student orthopaedic clerkship, specific questions pertaining to the orthopaedic rotation can be directed to Chris Orlinski, the department of orthopaedic surgery education coordinator.

Pat Gasser

Program Education Coordinator
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
9500 Euclid Ave./NA24
Cleveland, OH 44195

Ph: 216.445.7435
Fax: 216.445.7442

Chris Orlinski

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Education Coordinator
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
9500 Euclid Ave. – Crile/A41
Cleveland, OH 44195
Ph: 216.445.7507

Medical Student Clerkship Experience

Once accepted into an orthopaedic clerkship spot, the students will spend 4 weeks on a busy orthopaedic sub-specialty service at Cleveland Clinic. The student will be placed on a service with residents and/or staff on the selection committee. Most popularly, students will have opportunity to rotate on the Adult Reconstruction, Pediatrics and Foot & Ankle services. Students typically take Q4 to Q5 call, and will spend time on call with different residents, in order to broaden exposure. Students are invited to participate in all didactic, cadaver, and journal club sessions.

For those students that are rotating from a distant location, Cleveland Clinic offers free housing in the TT-building, in a dormitory style setting. A personal vehicle is welcomed, as this will allow the student to rotate at various off-campus satellite locations. This is not a requirement, with rides easily being arranged with various service residents for those that do not have personal transportation.

At the end of the rotation (usually week 4), each student will be asked to give a brief (10 min.) case presentation regarding an interesting case that was seen on call, in clinic or in the OR. This is fairly informal, though does require an oral presentation with PowerPoint. Residents are happy to help with educational guidance concerning presentation content and format.

During each month, the program typically puts together an evening outing so that the rotators have time to spend with the residents outside the hospital walls. This is informal, and a good way for those that are able to make it, to understand the program “DNA” outside the context of work.

An elective clerkship within the department is the best way for an applicant to understand the unique aspects of the training characterizing the Cleveland Clinic. Each rotator, however, will be considered for interview invitation on an individual basis. A 4-week clerkship within the orthopaedic department does not guarantee a future interview invitation.