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Visiting Medical Student Subinternship


2022-2023 Academic Year: The Duke School of Medicine will resume the Visiting Student Program for Summer & Fall Term 2022. The SOM will follow the AAMC guidelines for application submittal. Students will be able to apply via AAMC-VSAS starting mid-to-late February with decisions going out after April 5th (after Duke students have registered). In addition to the Duke SOM requirements, students are required to complete/submit the orthopaedic surgery one-page application, please click here for details.

Program Details
Credit: 5
Enrollment: Maximum four students per four-week sub-internship (summer section 41: maximum of 2 students)

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
  • Adult Spine

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. Students do not rotate to the Durham VA Hospital.

2022-2023 Sub-Internship Elective Dates

Spring 2022

Summer 2022

Fall 2022

Spring 2023

N/A *43/ June 27 - July 22

*41/ August 22 - Sept. 16

42/ Jan. 30- Feb. 24

  *44/ July 25 - Aug. 19

*42/ Sept. 19- Oct. 14

43/ March 27- April 21



*43/ Oct. 17- Nov. 11




*44/ Nov. 14- Dec. 09



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