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Electives - Orthopedics


Non-Operative Pediatric Orthopedics

Elective Number: 2104 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Leigh Ann Lather

Coordinator: Mindy Franke, 400 Ray C. Hunt Dr., Suite 330; mcf3f@virginia.edu; 243-0265

Available: All Rotations

Duration: Maximum: 4 weeks, Minimum: 2 weeks

Report to: Dr. Lather

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: Battle Building @ UVA Children's Hospital

Typical day: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 1

Course Description: This two to four week elective will expose the medical student to all facets of pediatric orthopedics. Several outpatient specialty clinics meet at the Battle Building at UVA Children's Hospital including scoliosis, cerebral palsy, myelomeningocele, fracture and general pediatric orthopaedics. The student will be expected to attend the teaching conferences of the Division of Pediatric Orthopaedics as well as those of the Department of Orthopaedics. The goals and objectives of this rotation are to provide an introduction to the field of pediatric orthopaedics for the student interested in pursuing a career in primary care or orthopaedic surgery. The student should gain an understanding of the spectrum of pathology encountered, be able to perform a pediatric orthopaedic examination and obtain experience in basic splinting and casting techniques. This will be done through indirect patient care, rounds and didactic sessions. Limited operative exposure is available. Night call is optional. There is no weekend call or weekend rounds.

Learning Objectives:

1. Students will become comfortable with the musculoskeletal exam of different age groups of children.

2. Students will gain a better understanding of musculoskeletal imaging and how to discuss images with families.

3. Learn the initial evaluation, management and triage of injured children, as would be provided in a primary care setting.

4. Learn to recognize and appropriately refer a child with foot deformity, gait abnormality, DDH, scoliosis, and other common orthopedic problems such as sports injuries.

5. Students will give a brief oral presentation on a Pediatric Orthopedic topic during the last week of their elective.