This rotation emphasizes the ambulatory practice of orthopedics.

You’ll spend two weeks at Erie County Medical Center’s outpatient orthopedics clinics, where you’ll learn how to perform large and small joint examinations, understand basic laboratory tests and use CT, MRI and radionuclide scans.

This rotation will help you understand the indications and techniques of arthrograms, myelograms and arthroscopy.

Conditions Seen

You’ll learn to recognize the pathogenesis and pathophysiology of:

  • joint pain, swelling and erythema         
  • muscular pain, swelling and injury
  • minor and major musculoskeletal trauma      
  • major long bone fractures
  • hand/foot/wrist/ankle fractures                        
  • major joint dislocations
  • finger/toe dislocations                  
  • major tendon injuries
  • knee mechanics and common injuries          
  • bone and joint deformities
  • bone and joint infections                        
  • metabolic bone diseases
  • musculoskeletal congenital anomalies          
  • compartment syndromes
  • avascular necrosis

You’ll understand such pediatric orthopedic conditions as:

  • congenital hip dislocation           
  • Legg-Calve-Perthes disease
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease            
  • slipped capital epiphysis
  • clubfoot                                  
  • intoeing
  • genu varus and valgus
  • chondromalacia patellae

You’ll be able to manage and treat such orthopedic conditions as:

  • costochondritis                                                          
  • lateral epicondylitis                  
  • entrapment syndromes
  • baker's cyst                                                        
  • Osgood-Schlatter disease
  • osteoarthritis
  • metabolic bone disease                        
  • acute and chronic low back pain
  • sciatica

Clinical Site

Year Taken


Length of Rotation

2 weeks