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.

Education

Medical Student Rotations: SFGH Trauma Service

Supervisor: Ted Miclau,MD
Instructors: Richard Coughlin, MD, Trigg McClellan, MD, Utku Kandemir, MD, Amir Matityahu,MD, Harry Jergesen, MD
Number of students: 4
Location: San Francisco General Hospital

There is access to trauma, sports, hand, spine, foot and ankle, and arthroplasty. As an integral orthopaedic team member, the student will show up in time for rounds, participate actively in the care of patients seen in the operating rooms, emergency rooms, clinics, and on the floors. Most of the time will be spent in the operating room, ED, and clinic. Students will be exposed to fracture reduction techniques, application of casts and splints, and general care of orthopaedic patients.

The basic schedule begins with ward rounds starting between 5:45-6AM, followed by a fracture board review at 6:45 am where all consults from the prior day are reviewed. This is followed by teaching conferences on Monday through Friday. These conferences have a large didactic component as well as hand on learning in the Surgical Training Facility with saw bone labs and wet cadeveric labs.

Spine

Supervisor: Sigurd Berven
Instructors: Serena Hu, MD; Vedat Deviren, MD; Shane Burch, MD; Bobby Tay MD
Number of students: 1-2
Location: Moffitt-Long Hospital at UCSF Medical Center

The UCSF Orthopaedic Spine service treats a wide variety of spine disorders ranging from spinal stenosis through complex deformity correction. As a sub-I, you will be an integral part of the team and will have the opportunity to work closely with residents, fellows, and attendings in the OR, clinic, and wards. This is a busy service often with complicated patients, and you will get the chance to see and do a great deal. Active participation and initiative are highly encouraged.

Inpatient rounds typically begin around 5:30-6AM followed by fracture conference at 6:30 or 6:45 (depending on the day of the week), afterwards we have subspecialty conferences from 7-8 with the other orthopaedic teams at the medical center. Mondays and Fridays are primarily clinic days where you will be presenting directly to attendings; Tuesdays and Thursdays are OR days where you will generally be scrubbed in with an attending +/- a fellow/resident. Every effort will be made to maximize your time in the OR and clinic. On Friday mornings before clinic there will be a short teaching session during which an attending will usually present a brief overview on a common spinal condition.

You will be expected to know basic surgical spine anatomy and the neurologic exam as well as clinical signs and symptoms of common conditions. During your 4 weeks at UCSF you will be expected to give a 20 minute case presentation to the department during subspecialty conference which can come either from your spine or other 2 week rotation.

Hand and Upper Extremity Service:

Supervisor: Lisa Lattanza, MD (Chief Division of Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery)
Participating Faculty: Mohana Amirtharajah, MD, Mathias Masem, MD, Scott Hansen, MD
Number of students: 1
Location: Orthopaedic Institute and Parnassus Campus

This rotation provides a comprehensive experience in the care and treatment of orthopaedic patients with upper extremity problems. You will be exposed to and participate in all facets of care including fracture reductions in the ED and clinic, office examination and treatment, operating room and rounds on the floor. This will provide a good outpatient clinic and surgery perspective within the realm of hand surgery. In addition, there is a weekly indications conference for the hand resident, fellow and medical students. Surgical procedures are quite varied and range from tendon repair/transfer, microsurgery, fracture care, arthroscopy of the wrist and elbow, total elbow arthroplasty, ligament repair and reconstructions and nerve decompression as well as many other procedures. Fundamentals of a good upper extremity physical examination will be taught during clinic hours.

The student will be expected to attend morning fracture conference followed by the scheduled conference of the morning that ends at 7:45am. Following conference the student will either go to the operating room or office hours depending on the day. The team will assist you in selecting an interesting topic/patient to present at the end of the rotation. During your 4 weeks at UCSF you will be expected to give a 20 minute case presentation to the department during subspecialty conference which can come either from any of the 2 week rotations.

VA Rotation:

Supervisor: Hubert Kim, MD
Participating Faculty: Nancy Kadel, MD, Alfred Kuo, MD, Todd Kim, MD, Elly Laroque, MD, Chris Leyman, MD, Andrew Haskell, MD
Number of students: 1
Location: VA Hospital

This rotation provides a comprehensive experience in the care and treatment of general orthopaedic patients in the VA population. The rotation provides a mix of cases. Which include: shoulder and knee scopes, primary and revision arthroplasty, foot and ankle, as well as trauma cases. You will be exposed to and participate in all facets of care including morning rounds, OR (4 days a week), clinic examination, outpatient treatments, and taking care of patients on the floor. In additions there is a weekly indications conference on Mondays. No call at the VA, but can take Trauma call at San Francisco General on a limited basis (to be worked out with other sub-interns at SFGH and Parnassus).

During your 4 weeks at UCSF you will be expected to give a 20 minute case presentation to the department during subspecialty conference which come either from any of the 2 week rotations.

Arthroplasty:

Supervisor: Kevin Bozic, MD
Participating Faculty: Thomas Vail, MD, Michael Ries, MD, Harry Jergesen, MD
Number of students: 1
Location: Parnassus

This rotation provides a comprehensive experience in the care and treatment arthroplasty patients.. The rotation provides a mix of cases: primary and complex revision arthroplasties of the knee and hip, as well as hip arthroscopy. You will be exposed to and participate in all facets of care including morning rounds (start between 5:30 to 6:00AM), OR, clinic examination and treatment, and taking care of patients on the floor. In addition there is a weekly indications conference. No call at Parnassus, but can take Trauma call at San Francisco General on a limited basis. (to be worked out with other sub-interns at SFGH and Parnassus).

During your 4 weeks at UCSF you will be expected to give a 20 minute case presentation to the department during subspecialty conference which come either from any of the 2 week rotations.

Sports Rotation:

Supervisor: Benjamin Ma, MD
Participating Faculty: Christy Allen, MD, Brian Feeley, MD
Number of students: 1
Location: Parnassus, Mt Zion, Orthopaedic Institute

This rotation provides a comprehensive experience in the care and treatment of sports patients. The rotation provides a mix of cases: shoulder and knee arthroscopies, ligament reconstructions, total shoulder arthroplasty, and hip arthroscopy. You will be exposed to and participate in all facets of care including morning rounds, OR, clinic examination, outpatient treatments, and taking care of patients on the floor. In additions there is a weekly indications conference. Students may have the opportunity to assist residents and/or faculty in a local outreach program providing on field coverage of San Francisco Unified School District football games. No call at Parnassus, but can take Trauma call at San Francisco General on a limited basis (to be worked out with the other sub-interns at SFGH and Parnassus).

During your 4 weeks at UCSF you will be expected to give a 20 minute case presentation to the department during subspecialty conference which can come either from any of the 2 week rotations.


For more information, please visit the School of Medicine Electives website: http://medschool.ucsf.edu/ssis/elecbrochure.asp?dept=OSURG

Deciding where to live: Because public transportation can be difficult to arrange, we recommend that sub-interns without cars live as close to your rotation as possible. Past sub-interns have found Craigslist helpful in finding a sublet. You can also access the UCSF Housing exchange website: http://www.brianthemountainram.com/student-housing-exchange/comment-page-5/#comment-14118

For additional information please contact:
Nicola Sequeira
sequeiran@orthosurg.ucsf.edu
415-476-6043


Here are links to the Orthopaedic Surgery Medical Student Project subsites. Please note that the areas you are entering are protected; you must have a password to access them.

The content is meant explicitly for students of the UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery Department.

Surgical Subspecialties Syllabus

IDS 110 Examination

IDS 110 – MSK Study Guides