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Medical Student Rotations


The Wake Forest University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery would like to welcome fourth year medical students currently enrolled in United States allopathic medical schools to rotate as an acting intern in our department. We have expanded our acting internship program to allow up to eight (8) students to rotate during each academic block. Our top priorities during your rotation are to advance your orthopaedic knowledge base, initiate the transition from medical student to resident, and expose you to a wide variety of orthopaedic surgical conditions and clinical styles.

Key features of the Wake Forest Orthopaedic Surgery acting internship rotation:

1.   Busy operative experience with our fellowship trained academic orthopaedic faculty, many of whom are considered world-experts in their respective orthopaedic sub-specialties.
2.   Orthopaedic clinic and call experience to learn about the peri-operative, non-operative, and acute management of orthopaedic issues, with teaching and participation in Emergency Department procedures such as casting, splinting, joint injections, joint aspirations, revision amputations, etc.
3.   Participation in departmental educational conferences, grand rounds, cadaveric and saw-bone operative surgical skills labs, and journal clubs
4.   Newly designed didactic lectures designed specifically for fourth-year medical students
5.   Assignment of a senior resident mentor to help guide you through your time at Wake Forest
6.   Time to take advantage of the many activities Winston-Salem, NC offers to help you decide if you can picture yourself working and living in our city as a prospective future resident.

We hope you choose to join us for an acting internship rotation and our goals are that you will be able to expand your orthopaedic fund of knowledge, gain some hands-on experience, and more importantly, have an enjoyable time as part of our orthopaedic family.

Applications for an acting internship rotation in the Wake Forest University Department of Orthopaedic Surgery are accepted via VSAS (Visiting Student Application System).

ROTATION DATES:  Below are Wake Forest School of Medicine rotation blocks for 2018. Students are strongly encouraged to rotate on these dates if at all possible.  Rotations are available anywhere from 1 to 4 weeks. If you prefer a shorter rotation, please contact our clerkship coordinator for approval (contact info below), and verify with your home school that they will accept this for partial credit.   















ALTERNATE DATES PILOT PROGRAM: If the dates above will not work for you, orthopaedics is part of a new pilot program, which will allow students to visit on their home school’s schedule.  To participate in the pilot, you will need to email our clerkship coordinator (contact info below) to request dates.  A minimum of 60 days’ notice is required for alternate schedule requests.  If approved by the Clerkship Director, you will need to select the closest block dates listed in VSAS, and the coordinator will manually change the dates to those requested and offer them to you in the system.  

Applications will be accepted according to the dates in VSAS.  Applications must be submitted 60 days prior to requested rotation, and per university policy, all visiting students must rotate on Wake Forest Medical School's block dates.

For international medical students interested in completing an educational opportunity at WFBMC, an application must be completed and submitted to the Office of Global Health at least 90 days prior to the beginning date of the desired rotation.  Those applications completed in entirety will be reviewed each academic year. No more than 5 final year medical students in good standing at their home medical school will be selected to complete 1 four week rotation. International students interested in a rotation at Wake Forest Baptist Health should contact Lynn Snyder in our Global Health office (  

For more information regarding our acting internship, please contact:

Lisa Ramsey
Clerkship Coordinator
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Medical Center Boulevard, Box 1070
Winston-Salem, NC  27157-1070
336-716-3932- phone
336-716-3861 - fax

Scholarships and Grants
The Scholarship Clerkship Program for Visiting Medical Students is administered by the School of Medicine’s Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity. This program is designed to promote diversity in the residency programs at Wake Forest School of Medicine and annually offers scholarship assistance to visiting fourth-year medical students rotating in anesthesiology, emergency medicine, family and community medicine, general surgery, plastic surgery, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, neurosurgery, dermatology, neurology, otolaryngology, psychiatry, orthopedic surgery, urology, nephrology or radiology.

Quick Reference

Residency Program, Orthopaedic Surgery
Artina Dawkins, MPA, C-TAGME
Residency Program Coordinator

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