Visiting Medical Student Sub-internship

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.

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 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 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
919-684-3170 
wendy.thompson@duke.edu

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.


Apply

Accepting applications: 2022-2023
Application deadline:  April 5th (VSAS opens mid-to-late February)
Duke SOM Visiting Student Coordinator & VSAS contact for Duke: Scott Campbell 
Duke Orthopaedic Program Coordinator ContactWendy Thompson

The orthopaedic surgery sub-internship rotation is open primarily to medical students who plan to apply for a position in the Duke Orthopaedic Surgery residency program. Students who wish to complete a sub-internship but do not intend to apply to our residency training program may do a sub-internship during the Spring Term if space is available.

Office of the Registrar guidelines stipulate that visiting medical students are not eligible to confirm a rotation until Duke medical students have had the opportunity to enroll during Duke’s open enrollment period, which generally occurs over the first week or two in March.

Duke students only: For more information or a permission number to enroll, please contact Wendy Thompson at wendy.thompson@duke.edu or 919-684-3170.

What you'll need

To be considered for the sub-internship, you must meet the requirements of both the Office of the Registrar and the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

Learn more about the Visiting Medical Students Program and requirements at the Office of the Registrar

To apply for the sub internship:

All visiting medical students interested in participating in the Duke Orthopaedic Surgery Subinternship must apply through VSAS "Visiting Student Application Service." If the visiting medical student also happens to be interested in applying for residency training in orthopaedic surgery, they must also apply through ERAS (in addition to VSAS). We recognize that not all visiting medical students will also apply for residency training. 

Supply supporting documentation:

  • Curriculum vitae: Duke Orthopaedics will obtain a copy of a potential visiting student’s CV from VSAS.  Duke students: please submit a copy directly to our office.
  • Personal statement: Our office will obtain a copy of a visiting student’s learning objectives from VSAS. It is recommended that students include a brief description of their background, educational experience, honors, extracurricular activities, research activities and interests, plans for residency training, and future goals. Duke students: please submit a personal statement directly to our office.
  • Letter(s) of reference:  Our office will obtain a copy of reference letters for visiting medical students from VSAS. It is recommended (not required) that the letter come from an orthopaedic surgeon with whom you’ve worked in a clinical setting (preferred) or a research project. 
  • Transcript: Our office will obtain a copy of the medical school transcript for visiting students from VSAS. For Duke students, please submit a copy directly to our office.

International medical school students

If you are enrolled at a medical school outside of the United States, please see the “Applicant Information for International and Canadian (LCME) medical students” section on the Office of the Registrar’s website.

Application process

Once all required materials are received and approved by the Duke University School of Medicine, the Duke SOM will contact the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery for approval.

The Office of the Registrar from the Duke University School of Medicine will contact students regarding their application process and their acceptance for a sub-internship in orthopaedic surgery.

We recommend that students complete and submit Duke Orthopaedics’ one-page application and provide supporting documentation at the same time as the VSAS (or at the time you sign up through Duke SOM). This will enable our office to arrange faculty interviews during the four-week rotation period. 

Visiting Clinical Scholars Program

Duke Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Many medical students explore residency programs by participating in clerkships at their schools of choice. If one assumes that the resident pool is representative of the pool from which fellows and faculty are mentored and recruited, then a strategic investment in diversifying the pool of residents holds the potential to positively impact the diversity of our fellows and faculty. Our 4th Year Medical Students Visiting Clinical Scholars Program for underrepresented minorities and socioeconomically disadvantaged students is an important step forward in this direction. The Visiting Clinical Scholars Program is currently offered in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Please visit their website for detailed information and application process.