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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Orthopaedic Spring Elective (for T1 and T2 Students)


Students will be assigned a specific 2-week block during session 3 (Monday 2/13-Friday 2/24) or Session 4 (Monday 3/27-4/7). A maximum 5 students can be enrolled for each 2-week block. Participants will be given hands-on learning on how to reduce fractures and dislocations, make splints and casts, and incise, debride, and suture wounds. They will receive biweekly lectures on the following topics: musculoskeletal chief complaints and their workup, a primer to fractures and dislocations, being a team physician, and musculoskeletal imaging. Students may be given the opportunity to observe operative cases. Students will be required to participate in a scheduled Sim Center activity on Sterile Scrubbing Technique and Proper OR Procedure. Students will take a musculoskeletal competency test at the end of their elective in order to solidify their knowledge. This test will be compiled by the residents. No book will be required for purchase—all material tested will be included in information provided to students in electronic form. The students completing the elective will be given a certificate stating their participation in the musculoskeletal elective.

Jacques Whitecloud, MD, Course Director

Phone: (504) 988-3515
Additional Contact: Stephen Thon, PGY-2 ( and Felicity Fisk ( are also available for students or administrators to contact

Grading Policy: Pass/Fail
Enrollment: Elective is open to T1s and T2s for Sessions 3 or 4. Up to 5 students can be accommodated per two week block.
Number of students: 1 minimum; 10 maximum
Time of course
: 2 Two week blocks, Session 3 or Session 4

  • Session 3: February 13-24, 2017
  • Session 4: March 27 - April 7, 2017


Introduction to Orthopaedic Surgery (For T1 students only)

This elective is designed to give students an introduction to orthopaedic surgery and the diagnosis and treatment of the musculoskeletal system. It is taught by senior faculty in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. The sessions will consist of problem-based case presentations via a Socratic interactive dialogue between faculty and students. Students will be exposed to various aspects of orthopaedic surgery including general orthopaedics, total joints, sports medicine, pediatrics, trauma, oncology, hand, spine and foot/ankle. There will be no written or oral examinations. Pass/fail grades will be based upon class attendance, class participation, and oral student presentations.


  1. Define scope and role of orthopaedic surgeons as healthcare providers
  2. Discuss and demonstrate a basic orthopaedic examination
  3. Explore diagnosis and treatment options in common orthopaedic injuries and disorders with informal case presentations

Faculty: Raoul P. Rodriguez, MD, and Charles Billings, MD Course Directors
(504) 988-5192

Contact Person: Janelle Petak (
Phone: 504-988-5192
Fax: (504) 988-3517

Grading Policy: Pass/Fail
Enrollment: Elective is open to T1s only. Up to 30 T-1 students can be accommodated. Students will meet in room 2115 on the following three dates for Session 3:

  • Friday, January 6, 2017
  • Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Friday, January 20, 2017

Number of students: 2 minimum; 30 maximum

Time of course: 1-3 p.m. Fridays
Prerequisite: Anatomy

Orthopaedic Pathways

The pre-clinical student is given an introduction to the basics of Orthopaedic Surgical Science including basic surgical skills, principles and opportunities for career development.

The course is a preceptorship with role-model orthopaedic surgeons to provide personalized instruction, teaching, and mentoring through experience in the operating room, clinic office, conferences, rounds and professional association. This elective is split into four subspecialties. Subspecialties include Foot and Ankle Surgery, Total Joint Surgery, Sports Medicine, and Shoulder/Elbow. You will spend 14 days on each rotation. 


Dr. Raoul  Rodriguez, MD, Course Director


Additional Contact: 

  • Hunter Bohlen (

Faculty: Dr. Wendell Heard, Ramon Rodriguez, Dr. Fernando Sanchez, and Dr. Michael O'Brien
Grading Policy: Pass/Fail. Students will need to submit an attendance form at the end of each rotation signed by the attending physician.  Completion of each rotation as signified by submission of this form is required to pass the course.

Enrollment: Elective is open to T1s and T2s. Up to 8 students will be accommodated.

Number of students: 8 maximum per session

Sessions Offered: 3,4

Time of course: 7 hours / week (to be individually arranged)

Prerequisite: Completion of the Gross Anatomy course

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