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Visiting Medical Student Subinternship


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2021-22 Academic Year: The Duke School of Medicine will resume the Visiting Student Program starting Fall Term 2021. The SOM will follow the AAMC guidelines for application submittal. Students will be able to apply via AAMC-VSAS starting April 15th with decisions going out after May 1st. If you have any questions, please email Scott Campbell, SOM Visiting Student Coordinator, at scott.campbell@duke.edu. 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.

2021-2022 sub-internship elective dates (to-be-determined)

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Fall 2021

Spring 2022


*41/ August 23 - Sept. 18

41/ Jan. 03 - Jan. 29


*42/ Sept. 20 - Oct. 16

42/ Jan. 31 - Feb. 26



*43/ Oct. 18 - Nov. 13

43/ March 28 - April 23



*44/ Nov. 15 - Dec. 11



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