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2023-2024 Electives



This orthopedic surgery rotation will provide medical students with a broad exposure to various aspects of musculoskeletal care. Including both inpatient and outpatient experiences, the student will work alongside a multi-disciplinary team of orthopedic surgeons specializing in hand and upper extremity, total joint replacement, sports medicine, and general orthopedics/trauma. Students will be instructed in the examination, diagnosis, and management of patients in the clinical setting. They will also be frequently and actively involved in surgical cases and peri-operative management.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iu.edu)

Director: Dwight Tyndall, M.D.

Campus: Northwest-Gary

Location: Orthopaedic Specialists of Northwest Indiana (Munster)

Other Faculty: Nitin Khanna, M.D.

Open Enrollment or Permission Required?: Permission Required

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Obtain and report a basic orthopedic patient history (PC1)
  • 2) Demonstrate a full musculoskeletal exam using proper technique (PC1)
  • 3) Describe basic orthopedic x-ray findings accurately (PC3)
  • 4) Diagnose and develop a working differential diagnosis and treatment plan for common orthopedic conditions and injuries (PC2)


Clinical Performance Evaluation Form: (1. Musculoskeletal Exam Checklist 2. Oral Case Presentation Assessment. The course director will assess the student's progress through oral presentations, demonstration of both a focused and complete musculoskeletal exam, discussion and critique of case management options with student, and observation of patient interaction. A final global assessment will be completed at the end of the rotation using the assessment tools listed below).


The student will average forty hours per week, with time divided equally between the outpatient clinic and surgical cases/inpatient care. Call - none required. Example Schedule Monday - Surgery(am)/Office(pm) Tuesday - Surgery Wednesday - Surgery(am)/Office(pm) Thursday - Office Friday - Surgery

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Rotation:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 95% Clinical; 5% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: AC - Advanced Clinical

Notes and Enrollment Information:

THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Northwest electives must go thru the Northwest campus coordinators.  Contact Amy Han, PhD  (amyhan@iu.edu or 219-980-6561).

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None