LLUMCEC Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery academics


Medical student clerkships

Senior elective rotations (clerkships) for medical students from Loma Linda University and other medical schools are offered throughout the academic year.

Inquiries regarding elective rotations for non-LLU medical students should be directed to:

Ms. Rosalyn Hamilton
Office of the Dean
Loma Linda University, School of Medicine
Coleman Pavilion, Room 1108A
Loma Linda, CA 92350

Phone: (909) 558-4729
Fax: (909) 558-0255

Once the dean's office confirms that the applicant has been accepted to Loma Linda University, a memo will be sent to the department the student wishes to rotate through requesting approval.

Inquiries regarding elective rotations for LLU medical students should be directed to:

Laney Kent
Academic Manager
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Loma Linda University, East Campus
11406 Loma Linda Drive, Suite 214A
Loma Linda, CA 92354
Phone: (909) 558-6444, extension 62706

Fax: (909) 558-6118

Senior electives

Department: Orthopaedic Surgery

Prerequisites: Per dean's office requirements (senior medical student)

Duration: Two weeks - four weeks

Time available: All year

Number of students: 1 student per assigned elective/service, 3-4 per month for department

Location: Orthopaedic student office: Suite 214A, ECAS
(Office where student is required to check in and receive orientation.)

Description: The student will primarily learn about musculoskeletal physical examination of the orthopaedic patient and subsequent diagnosis and treatment skills and options in a sub-specialized setting on assigned services: 1) sports medicine, 2) trauma/oncology, 3) hand/upper extremity, 4) shoulder and elbow, 5) pediatric orthopaedics, and 6) spine.

Goals: Obtain exposure to orthopaedics and in particular, a specialized section of orthopaedics.

Objectives: At the completion of the rotation, student will:

1. Be able to perform musculoskeletal exam of orthopaedic patients:

a. list differential diagnosis for common pain syndromes.
b. list treatment options for common musculoskeletal conditions.

Means of implementation: The student is assigned to an attending/service within the orthopaedic department (upon written approval of the students acceptance through the dean's office of LLU) and follows that attending or service to clinics, the operating room, on-call with the resident for that attending or service and attends all the major orthopaedic weekly/monthly conferences. A written exam is given at the beginning and end of the elective (the first one is not graded; the second one is [pass/fail]).

Assessment of student: As above, there is an exam given at the beginning (non-graded) and at the end of the course (graded). In addition, the dean's office sends an evaluation form on each student that is completed by the preceptor.