Since June 2nd, 2008, Visiting Student Applications have been coordinated by specific Departmental Contacts.

The Departmental Contact will verify your eligibility and may tentatively hold a place for you in the desired clinical experience.

The initial communication should include:

  • Your full name;

  • The name of the medical school in which you are currently enrolled;

  • The starting and ending dates (for the calendar year) for the elective(s) in which you are interested;

  • An affirmation, by you, that you have (or will have) completed and have grades for each of the five core clerkships:

    • Medicine

    • Obstetrics/Gynecology

    • Pediatrics

    • Psychiatry

    • Surgery

    • Family Medicine


Application materials are provided to eligible visitors by the College Department contact after your initial communication with the corresponding Departmental Contact. At that time, you may also learn of availability, schedule constraints/variations, etc. Your Departmental Contact will provide you with the URL for the Application and Immunization Compliance forms upon determination that you are eligible to apply. Send your completed application directly to the Departmental Contact.


Complete applications will include all of the components listed on the following checklist:

Checklist for away rotators application


Orthopaedics – UI Health (Elective 640)


Students must have completed their M3 Core Clerkships. Students interested in an orthopedic career are recommended to take the four-week elective early in their 4th year. This is important for letters of recommendations and increased exposure to faculty and staff. Opportunities to be involved in research projects are encouraged by the faculty.



The goal of this elective is to further develop the arts and skills involved in performing a history and physical on the patient with special reference to musculoskeletal problems and trauma. Further background and understanding of common problems will be gained, along with insight into rationale and evaluation of radiographic and laboratory tests used to establish a definitive diagnosis. Skills in treatment will be developed, including application of casts and splints and traction and basic surgical skills.



The major emphasis is on the evaluation, acute treatment and rehabilitation of the patient with musculoskeletal disorders and trauma. Management repair of lacerations, reduction and treatment of fractures receive major emphasis. The student will participate as a member of the team on all cases. General exposure will be given to orthopaedic aspects of common orthopaedic conditions.



The student evaluation is to be based on attendance (10 %), participation (57%), and a written exam (33%).


Program Director: Alfonso Mejia, M.D

Contact: Susan King (Coordinator),
Telephone: 312-996-0223
Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: Optional
Weekends: Optional
Students Accepted: Min. varies  Max. UIC 4

Total Hours/Week: ~40


Reporting Instructions:  Students will receive a report email from coordinator prior to your start date.  All students regardless of rotation site will report to UIC Department of Orthopaedics, 835 So. Wolcott Ave., room E290, for Orientation at 6:30 AM on the first Monday of their rotation.



Sports Medicine – UI Health (Elective 859)


The student must have completed all M3 Core clerk ships. NOTE: This course is not offered over the Winter/holiday break and during the months of June, July, and August, as UIC athletes are not playing during those months which significantly limits patient volume.



Sports medicine crosses the barriers of specific disciplines as athletes may suffer problems associated with the musculoskeletal system, nutrition, mental health and motivation, dental problems, or primary care issues. This sports medicine experience allows the student to participate in the care of athletes from an orthopaedic perspective, physical medicine and rehabilitation perspective, nutrition perspective, radiology, and a psychology perspective.



The overall objective of the University of Illinois at Chicago’s sports medicine program is to provide the medical student exposure to injuries and problems encountered by the athletic population. The rotation will introduce the student to the demands of being a team physician, caring for athletes, identifying specific sports-related injuries, and taking an active role as a member of a sports medicine team. Students will gain a fundamental knowledge of sports medicine, including: roles of the sports medicine team, the pre-participation physical examination, common sports injuries, emergent sports injuries, rehabilitation issues, sports psychology, sports nutrition, and medical issues in sports medicine.



Students will spend time in the Sports Medicine, athletic training room seeing patients. Students will attend events with residents or faculty to assist with game coverage. Students will participate with one presentation at weekly sports imaging conference or journal club. Surgical experience on sports medicine cases is optional for those students interested in a surgical field. Education provided by orthopedic surgeon and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation attendings, fellowship trained in sports medicine.



The student’s performance will be evaluated and assessed based upon his/her participation in the aforementioned activities, and on his/her knowledge of the discipline. Each of the attendings and services will have opportunity to provide input to the evaluation. No formal or written test will be given. A mid-term (2 week) discussion of progress will be offered.

Program Director: Mark Hutchinson, MD
Contact:  Susan King   Email:
Telephone: 312-996-0223  or 312-996-7161

Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: Yes
Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 1
Total Hours/Week: 35-45


REPORTING INSTRUCTIONS:  Students will receive a report email with rotation materials the week prior to their start date (   Rotation begins at 7:00 am on 1st Monday on the rotation with x-ray rounds and Sports Journal Club.  Orthopaedic Classroom, E290, 835 So. Wolcott Ave.