Orthopaedic Surgical Oncology (S-144)


The medical students will become active members of the Orthopaedic Service, treating benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors. Pathophysiology, diagnostic techniques, and surgical principles will be emphasized in an orthopaedic environment. The students will be an integral part of the orthopaedic unit, participating in all inpatient, outpatient, and surgical activities, as well as six hours of didactic and Socratic conferences weekly. They will be required to learn the elements of musculoskeletal examination, interpret imaging studies, and present their evaluations to supervisory team members. Additionally a short formal presentation is required.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this elective, students will be able to:

  1. Obtain a complete and reliable orthopaedic history.

  2. Perform a focused and reliable orthopaedic examination in patients with orthopaedic disorders, including those with oncologic and related diseases.

  3. Organize and deliver a clear, concise, and thorough oral presentation of a patient’s history and examination.

  4. Distinguish normal from abnormal findings on a orthopaedic examination and interpretation of imaging of the musculoskeletal system.

  5. Formulate a differential diagnosis based on lesion localization, time course, and relevant historical and demographic features.

  6. Describe the use and interpretation of common tests used in orthopaedic disease.

  7. Explain and interpret the medical literature pertinent to specific issues of patient care.

For the program calendar, please see the elective module dates section of our website.