First year students who have a serious interest in orthopedic surgery as a career are encouraged to shadow some of the orthopedic staff both in the clinic and the operating room to get a better understanding of the field.
If a first year student has a bona fide interest they are encouraged to participate in research activities through our department or through another department .The aim is to further their knowledge of orthopedic surgery while building their resume to be competitive in the match. As new materials methods and techniques arise in surgery practicing surgeons will be asked to evaluate these developments and consider implementation in their own practice. Training in research methodology will prove invaluable in evaluating studies for validity and significance. Students are encouraged to work on a research project through the Summer of their first year and continue the research through their medical school tenure.
Students are encouraged to prepare in earnest for the USMLE step 1 and step 2 as in a field such as orthopedics a competitive score is critical. Many programs receive up to 800 or more applicants and filters based on step 1 score are frequently used to decide on who will be offered an interview.
Frequently students have not been exposed to orthopedic surgery until later in their medical school career and decide on a career in orthopedic surgery in their second or third year of medical school. Students who do not have the requisite research can be at a disadvantage and some decide to do an extra year of research either between their third and fourth year or after their fourth year but prior to graduation. The student is advised to meet with an adviser to formulate a plan.