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A practical guide to orthopaedic surgery away rotation success

Davis, William A., MD; Uribe, John, MD; Yagnik, Gautam, MD

doi: 10.1097/BCO.0000000000000716
SPECIAL FOCUS: Sports Medicine Rotation

Matching into an orthopaedic surgery residency is a highly competitive process. Applicants are typically excellent by multiple objective measures. Because of these competitive statistics, students often complete several elective away rotations in hopes of distinguishing themselves at a program in which they have particular interest. Students should be well prepared for these rotations, as they often serve the function of a 4-week audition. A strong performance can be very helpful to successfully match, but a weak performance can be detrimental. Here we present advice that may be helpful to senior students preparing for orthopaedic surgery rotations, which may also be applicable to third year students and even junior residents. Additionally we provide some practical tips specific to the elective orthopaedic surgery away rotation.

Miami Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Institute, Coral Gables, FL

Financial Disclosure: The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence to William A. Davis, MD, 5000 University Dr., Suite 3100, Coral Gables, FL 33146 Tel: +301-775-1529; fax: +786-533-9977; e-mail:

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