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Orthopedics - OSUR 548


Core Internal Medicine and Core Surgery


University of Maryland


The orthopaedic subinternship offer students the opportunity to acquire and demonstrate advanced clinical responsibility at the level of an intern within the context of a hospitalized orthopedic patient population. The majority of the patients will be post-operative following recent spine, hip, knee or shoulder reconstructive surgery or following admission for orthopaedic trauma. Patients will be admitted to the orthopaedic inpatient unit. The subinternship will provide an educational curriculum emphasizing the teaching of the fundamental concepts of the patients care. The sub-intern will work closely with the orthopaedic residents and interns at one of several locations: University Hospital, Baltimore Veteran’s Administration Hospital, University of Maryland Shock Trauma, or the University of Maryland Rehabilitation & Orthopedic Institute. (UMROI). Students will have two two-week blocks during the rotation. During each week students will be assigned to one faculty mentor. Sub-interns will accompany his/her faculty mentor to the operating room and will function as a primary point of contact for all care issues for that faculty member’s in-patients. The sub-intern will attend all Orthopaedic Department conferences, including specialty-specific conferences for the team and morning trauma and intake conferences. Sub-interns will take in house call at least once per week with the call day established by the orthopaedic team to maximize the sub-intern’s educational experience. Post-call responsibilities will mirror that of the orthopaedic intern, in compliance with RRC regulations

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

Goal #1

The Sub-intern will develop a comprehensive approach to the care of hospitalized acutely ill orthopaedic patients, beginning with admission and culminating with either discharge or transfer to a rehabilitation service.


The student, acting in the role of intern, will:

  • Demonstrate the ability to apply basic and clinical science knowledge in the patient care setting.
  • Strengthen basic history and physical diagnostic skills in the care of his/her patients.
  • Enhance problem-solving skills in the daily evaluation and management of his/her patients.
  • Enhance the learning of clinical reasoning and judgment.
  • DDemonstrate an understanding of the post-operative rehabilitation plans for orthopaedic patients.
  • Demonstrate team work and effective interpersonal communication skills working with nurses, therapists, case managers, and other clinicians for the advancement of his/her patients.

Goal #2

The student will learn to function in the role of house officer.


The student will:

  • Demonstrate an ability to effectively integrate himself/herself as a member of the house officer team treating acutely ill patients on the orthopaedic service.
  • Successfully complete in-house call responsibilities at the level of an intern, including learning to cross-cover patients on their primary service.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills as they relate to patients, patients' medical records, families, colleagues, consultants, and community health providers.
  • Demonstrate professionalism in all interactions with patients, families, colleagues, consultants, and community health providers.
  • Demonstrate an ability to synthesize patient data within a biopsychosocial context and effectively incorporate this information into an assessment and ongoing plan of treatment.
  • Understand physiologic changes associated with post-operative patients and demonstrate an understanding of the effective treatment of these clinical scenarios.

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

Executive Assistant
(410) 328-8913
(410) 328-9304 fax  


Last Revision: June 5, 2014