Medical Student Clerkship Application

Clerkship opportunities are offered all-year round, with the heaviest months of rotation being June through November. All clerkships process through the CC Medical Student Education Office. For more information regarding requirements, etc., please visit the elective program site at Once accepted for an orthopaedic clerkship, specific questions pertaining to your rotation can be directed to Christine Orlinski, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Education Coordinator via email ( or phone (216.445.7570).

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.