Medical Student Sub-Internship: Introduction

This full educational experience, with duties similar to a first-year resident, will provide the medical student with unique insight into the Duke Orthopaedic Surgery residency. In this sub-internship, 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 conferences; 1) Tuesday’s AM Specialty 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.

2023-2024 Sub-Internship Rotation Dates

Summer 2023

Fall 2023

Spring 2024

41/ May 1 - 26, 2023 (Duke Students only)

*41/ August 21 - Sept. 15

**42/ Jan. 29 - Feb. 23

42/ May 30 - June 23, 2023 (Duke Students only)

*42/ Sept. 18 - Oct. 13

**43/ March 25 - April 19

*43/ June 26 - July 21

*43/ Oct. 16 - Nov. 10


*44/ July 24 - Aug. 18

*44/ Nov. 13 - Dec. 08


*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. Due to the high volume of student applicants, it is not possible to accept students outside of the predetermined Duke dates during Summer Terms 43/44 and Fall 41/42/43/44.

**Students who wish to complete a sub-internship but do not plan to apply to our residency training program should select dates during the Spring Term (if space is available).

Scott Campbell, Visiting Student Coordinator
Duke University School of Medicine, Office of the Registrar
Office (919) 684-8042

Contact Scott Campbell to inquire about application requirements (i.e. VSAS open date, VSAS application requirements check list, professional liability) and participation requirements (i.e. background check, immunizations).

Wendy Thompson, C-TAGME, GME Program Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Office (919) 684-3170

Contact Wendy Thompson to inquire about orthopaedic one-page application, rotation schedules, and core curriculum.