Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers services and programs through the following Divisions. Use these links to directly access all our Department sites.


Medical Student Rotations

Sub-Internships in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

UCSF will only be accepting applications submitted on-line through the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS), available at If you are an international or Canadian student please contact the department for more information.

In addition to the online application, you will need to provide the Department with a letter of recommendation from a faculty member you have worked with during medical school.

We begin accepting applications for the 2010-2011 academic year on April 18, 2010. The tentative date we will begin accepting applications for the 2011-2012 academic year will be April 17, 2011

The objectives of the rotations are as follow:

1) Understand basic anatomy and physiology of the musculoskeletal system

2) Be able to perform an orthopaedic history and physical examination

3) Diagnoses and differential diagnosis of common orthopaedic issues

4) Be an integral part of each team, providing the role of a sub-intern.

There are six different month-long sub-internships available for medical student rotators in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, available on a first-come-first-served basis with preference given to UCSF students. Students will rotate either at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) for four weeks or two, two week block rotations at the Parnassus Campus. The first four rotations are on at Parnassus campus. These rotations have sub-specialty focus including: Arthroplasty, Spine, Sports, and Hand. Students from all four rotations will participate in a call pool with San Francisco General Hospital Trauma (SFGH) call pool (q4-7). SFGH has a sub-specialty focus on trauma, but also provides exposure to arthroplasty, sports and spine. Lastly, a broad-based, general orthopaedic surgery rotation may be completed at Veterans Hospital, a VA hospital located at Fort Miley.

As a student on the service, you will be required to complete a 10-15-minute case presentation at the end of your rotation. Details of the presentation will be distributed to you once your application has been approved and scheduled for your rotation.