Ortho Intranet Site     Residency Program       Make a Gift       QGenda 



Visiting Medical Student Subinternship

Please note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a decision as to whether or not visiting medical students may participate in 2021 Summer/Fall terms have not been determined.  We hope to hear by March but it could take longer. VSAS won't open until a decision is made. If you are interested in learning more about our residency program, please visit here.

Program details

Credit: 5
Enrollment: Maximum four students per four week subinternship (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.

2020-2021 subinternship elective dates

Spring 2020

Summer 2020

Fall 2020

Spring 2021

41/ Jan. 6 - Feb. 1

*43/ June 15 - July 11

*41/ August 24 - Sept. 18

41/ Jan. 4 - Jan. 30

42/ Feb. 3 - Feb. 29

*44/ July 13 - August 8

*42/ Sept. 21 - Oct. 17

42/ Feb. 1 - Feb. 27

44/ March 30 - April 25


*43/ Oct. 19 - Nov. 14

43/ March 29 - April 24



44/ Nov. 16 - Dec. 12



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