Medical Students

Welcome to the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

UCSF's Visiting Student Program for the 2024 year will begin on June 3, 2024.

The plan for the re-opening UCSF's Visiting Student Program for the 2024 academic year are as follows:

-Students may begin applying and scheduling for in-person away rotations with UCSF now!

-Applications will start to be processed by UCSF and the Orthopaedic Surgery Department around April 20,2024. 

-The rotation blocks are as follows: 6/3-6/30, 7/1-7/28, 7/29-8/25, 9/2-9/29 and 9/30-10/27.

-See below information about our Visiting Elective Scholarship Program

The department hosted virtual informational sessions last year which aimed to provide information on our program, the various subspecialties, and highlight our faculty and resident daily lives at UCSF.  All of our prior Residency Information Series from 2020 & 2021 are recorded and can be found on this playlist! 

Please email Dan with any questions @ All prior information sessions and upcoming ones will be posted on our YouTube channel, along with all of the department's other content!

We look forward to seeing you!

Nicole Schroeder, M.D.
Clinical Professor
Chief, Department of Hand and Upper Extremity
Medical Student Clerkship Director
Haile T. Debas Academy Chair for Medical Education

UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Visiting Elective Scholarship Program 2024


UCSF welcomes students from diverse backgrounds to apply for visiting electives. The VESP was established to provide financial assistance to fourth year medical students who are underrepresented in medicine, are committed to working with underserved populations, or are dedicated to working with issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. This scholarship program provides $2000 to awardees to cover associated costs of the visiting elective. Please contact Dan Peterson for more information or questions at

Application Steps:

  1. Apply for a UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery visiting elective on VSAS (opens February 1, 2024).
  2. Submit your VESP application through the following link:
  3. Once the VESP application is open all applications are due May 15, 2024 (awardees will be notified after this date)
  4. If you wish to apply for VESP before applying for a UCSF Ortho elective through VSAS, you may do so.

Additional Visiting Student Elective Information:

Please take a moment to review our educational programs here for both visiting medical students and current UCSF medical students. You can find more information on our visiting student program by following this link to the UCSF School of Medicine's site.


For questions about program availability, the scholarship, and other specifics, please contact:  

Dan Peterson
UCSF Dept. of Orthopaedic Surgery | Program Administrator
500 Parnassus Ave, MU 320 West, Room W314
San Francisco, CA 94143-0728 


Important Medical Student Info 

Visiting San Francisco

General Residency Program Information
Medical Student Rotations - 2 week Elective Syllabus
Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group - email Dan 

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