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Orthopaedics: Outpatient - OSUR 541


The Orthopaedic elective offers students an opportunity learn about the evaluation and management of orthopaedic outpatients with a variety of musculoskeletal disorders. This rotation will focus on the outpatient setting with students rotating through specialty clinics within the department of orthopaedics including: trauma, spine, sports medicine, shoulder and elbow, hand, foot & ankle, and hip & knee reconstruction. The student will rotate on a daily basis gaining exposure and education through a breadth of orthopaedic pathology. The educational experience will focus on history and physical exam of the orthopaedic patient, proper imaging and interpretation, and outpatient management of orthopaedic problems.

The student will be expected to attend all Department conferences as well as some of the service specific conferences. On call responsibilities are an essential part of orthopaedic practice, and students on the elective are required to take in-house call once per week at the University of Maryland. The call/ weekend time will be spent with our on-call resident. The students will learn principles of initial fracture evaluation and management as well as principles of and experience with splinting which they don’t often get in the clinic setting. This part of the rotation will provide the student with experience in understating the initial management of orthopaadic patients who will be following-up in the outpatient clinics. This will better prepare the students for understanding what distinguishes an urgent problem (one that requires follow-up in <1 wk or will require urgent but not emergent surgery) from less urgent problems.

Transportation to and from sites are the responsibility of the student.

Goal #1

The Student will develop an approach to the evaluation of the orthopaedic outpatient.


The student will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to obtain a basic history and orthopaedic specific history
  • Understand the relevant parts of the physical exam and joint specific examination tests.
  • Demonstrate the relevant physical exam findings
  • Demonstrate the proper and systematic interpretation of basic radiologic findings
  • Understand the benefits and limitations of advanced imaging studies in the evaluation of the orthopaedic patient.
  • Enhance problem-solving skills in the evaluation and management of orthopaedic outpatients.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Monday through Friday – Yes
Shiftwork - No
Evenings - Yes
Weekends - Yes
Call - Yes

Faculty Responsible:

S. Ashfaq Hasan, M.D.
(410) 448-6273
(410) 448-6387 fax

Administrative Contact:

Cathy Malecki
(410) 328-8913
(410) 328-9304 fax  


Last Revision: June 5, 2014