Senior medical students interested in pursuing careers in orthopaedic surgery participate in orthopaedic rotations around the country. These rotations are an important part of the application process because they allow students to demonstrate their work ethic and knowledge and learn more about the fit and culture of the residency program. Although knowledge and technical ability are important, several less tangible factors also contribute to success. These include maintaining situational awareness and a positive attitude, putting forth an appropriate effort, preparing effectively, and critically evaluating one's own performance. Attention to these details can help maximize the student's chance for a successful rotation. The hosting program and faculty can further facilitate a successful rotation by setting appropriate expectations, orienting the student to the program, carefully selecting appropriate services and faculty, and providing dedicated education to the student.
From the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.
Dr. Gardner has a financial relationship with AOA, biocomposites, BoneSupport AB, Conventus, Current Opinion in Orthopaedics, Globus Medical, Imagen, JBJS, JOT, KCI, Medtronic, ORS, Pacira Pharmaceuticals, SmartDevices, SMV medical, StabilizOrtho, Synthes, and Wolters Kluwer Health. Dr. Bishop has a financial relationship with Globus Medical, Innomed, JOT, and WOA. Neither of the following authors nor any immediate family member has received anything of value from or has stock or stock options held in a commercial company or institution related directly or indirectly to the subject of this article: Dr. Campbell and Dr. Chan.