We want to help you take your orthopedic education and training to a whole new level. Our orthopedic clerkship is designed to help you do just that.

Faculty: Naftaly Attias, MD, Eli Swanson, MD, Elliot Mendelsohn, MD, John Tidwell, MD
Length: 1-month rotation (4 weeks maximum length)
Offered: Year-round
Maximum: 1 student per rotation

Medical Student Electives

Thank you for your interest in the clinical experiences available for medical students in the Department of Orthopedics at Valleywise Health. The rotation duration is one month per academic year.


This fourth-year medical student rotation is designed to provide an in-depth exposure to Orthopedic Surgery at Valleywise Health. The curriculum will emphasize the evaluation and management of common sprains, fractures and dislocations, with a focus on the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of acute orthopedic conditions.

You will be involved in patient care and have experiences of continual care through the hospitalization, operating theater and outpatient clinics. Clinical experiences will include acute evaluation of musculoskeletal trauma and acute pain syndromes.

You will have the opportunity to participate in overnight calls. Additional opportunities for interpretation of radiographs, aspiration and injection of joints, splinting and casting will be available.


You will rotate through Valleywise Health. In clinic, you will be expected to see patients, present to the attending, formulate a differential diagnosis, and recommend tests to narrow the diagnosis list and discuss the case. You will be expected to select one case in which you have been involved and present to the attending.

Evaluation Methods

Students are evaluated according to their program and RRC requirements. Clinical case logs must be maintained in accordance with the school/program and reviewed prior to departing at the end of an assigned rotation. If your school/program does not provide an evaluation tool, we will use our own.