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Visiting Medical Student Subinternship

Credit: 5

Enrollment: Maximum four students per four week subinternship (summer section 41: maximum of 2 students)

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Program details

This full educational experience with, duties similar to a first-year resident, will provide the visiting student with unique insight into the Duke Orthopaedic Surgery residency. In this subinternship, students will have the opportunity to rotate through various orthopaedic subspecialties, including:

  • Trauma
  • Adult reconstruction/arthroplasty
  • Sports medicine
  • Pediatric orthopaedics
  • Orthopaedic oncology
  • Foot and ankle
  • Hand and upper extremity

Students participate in daily morning inpatient rounds followed by outpatient clinics or operative cases. 

Individual or group discussions are conducted daily with attending staff and residents. 

Students are required to participate in core curriculum activities; 1) Tuesday’s AM Special Core, 2) Wednesday’s AM Grand Rounds, 3) Thursday’s AM Fracture/Trauma Conference, and 4) Thursday’s PM Core Skills.

Students will take one or two night calls per week (or weekend) during the rotation.

Students will need transportation as some of the rotations are not at Duke's main campus. 

2019-2020 subinternship elective dates

Spring 2019

Summer 2019

Fall 2019 

Spring 2020

41/ Jan. 2 - Jan. 26

43/ Jun. 10 - Jul. 6

41/ Aug. 19 - Sep. 14

41/ Jan. 6 - Feb. 1

42/ Jan. 28 - Feb. 23

44/ Jul. 8 - Aug. 2

42/ Sep. 16 - Oct. 12

42/ Feb. 3 - Feb. 29

44/ Mar. 25 - Apr. 20


43/ Oct. 14 - Nov. 9

43/ Mar. 30 - Apr. 25



44/ Nov. 11 - Dec. 7



Preferred dates

We are aware that some medical school calendars do not coincide with the Duke University School of Medicine elective calendar.  It is recommended that you coordinate with your home school for approval to visit our program during the predetermined Duke dates.  We are confident that your home school will make an effort to accommodate your request if given reasonable advanced notice.

Contact us

Wendy Thompson
Duke, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Visiting Medical Student Coordinator