Medical Students


Update: The Visiting Elective Student Program is hosting an event "GME Diversity Virtual 1st Look" on August 16th from 3-6pm PST. This virtual event will provide an overview into our GME experience. For more information, please click here!


Welcome to the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

In light of the COVID - 19 pandemic, UCSF's Visiting Student Program has been cancelled this year. We are pleased to announce that our department will be offering a series of virtual informational sessions, our next session will be August 12, 2020 at 5:30 pm, PST. This session will be led by the UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery's Diversity Committee! You can submit specific questions, and RSVP for the session below on the survey link!

VIDEO: UCSF Residency Information Session, July 1, 2020

VIDEO: UCSF Residency Information Session, June 17, 2020

These sessions are designed 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 are recorded and can be found on this playlist! Please note that participation in these information sessions will not impact candidacy for our residency program.

 RSVP & Submit any Questions here

Tentative Meeting's Agenda: 

5:30 pm    Greetings from the UCSF Orthopaedic Department Chair, Thomas P. Vail, MD and Residency Director, Hubert Kim, MD, PhD
5:45 pm    Overview, Diversity
6:15 pm    Q&A 

Please RSVP for this event here. Also, please use the survey to submit questions to our department team leaders. We will have similar evening sessions per month, through September (please check our website for future dates).

Please note: Participation in these information sessions will not impact candidacy for our residency program. 

Please email Dan with any questions @ Daniel.peterson2@ucsf.edu. All information is posted on our YouTube channel.

We look forward to seeing you!

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


UCSF School of Medicine Statement on Visiting Students Program Cancellation 

With the release of the report and recommendations released earlier this week by the Coalition for Physician Accountability, and in anticipation of the re-opening of VSLO/VSAS on May 19, 2020, I want to provide clarity on the UCSF visiting student program and our students doing away rotations.

The safety of our students, patients, and community is paramount. Effective immediately, all visiting and away rotations are cancelled; this includes both our students doing away rotations and visiting students doing rotations at UCSF. I recognize that this presents a significant change for many departments.

If the situation changes and we can begin accepting visiting students again, I will update you. I thank you for your flexibility, creativity, and cooperation these past few months.

UCSF welcomes students from all diverse backgrounds to apply for away clerkships. In doing so, we provide qualified students various Visiting Elective Scholarships through our Visiting Elective Scholarship Program (VESP) to help ease the transition into an away rotation.  

For more information regarding deadlines, eligibility requirements, and specific stipend information, please visit:

• General VESP Application 

Please take a moment to review our educational programs using the links on the right 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 and 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
Daniel.peterson2@ucsf.edu 

Important Medical Student Info 

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

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