Drexel University

Orthopaedic Surgery Pathway

Curriculum through Class of 2019 only. For students graduating Class of 2020 and beyond, please see new curriculum link.

FOR PATHWAY 2018-2019: Orthopaedic Surgery Pathway Handout 2018-2019

Email Dr. Gingrich and cc Ms. Rhein for an appointment. Be prepared with your Step scores, CV and medical school grades for your advising.


Students choosing this pathway elect a narrow channel for completing medical school, with the goal of pursuing an orthopaedic surgery career. It assumes a basic science background and third-year program demonstrating interest in musculoskeletal diseases. In the Orthopaedic Surgery Pathway experience in a variety of directly related clinical disciplines is provided, in addition to orthopaedic surgery and general surgery.

Sites and Personnel

Pathway Director:

Drexel University College of Medicine
Kevin Gingrich, M.D.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Drexel University College of Medicine
245 N. 15th Street, Mail Stop 420
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1192
(215) 762-1954 Phone
(215) 762-3442 Fax

Coordinator: April Rhein
(215) 762-1954 Phone
(215) 762-3442 Fax

Dr. Gingrich strongly advises that you coordinate meetings and signing of all materials through April Rhein.

Associate Directors, Site Coordinators and Teaching Sites:

Allegheny General Hospital
Thomas B. Hughes, M.D.
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
Allegheny General Hospital
490 E. North Avenue, Suite 500
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 359-6501 Phone
(412) 359-8055 Fax

Coordinator: Lilly Perry
(412) 359-6501 Phone
(412) 359-8055 Fax

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Goals and Objectives

Based upon strength in academic performance in the first three years, this program will prepare students for a career in orthopaedic surgery by:

1. Rotation on the service of the University Orthopaedic Department Chairperson (or Chairperson at Allegheny General Hospital).

2. Rotation on an outside orthopaedic service to expose the student to the workings of another department and a broader perspective of the discipline.

3. Rotation on a rheumatology service to increase fund of knowledge of biochemistry, immunology and pharmacology as they relate to the musculoskeletal system.

4. Rotation on one of two support services (ID/radiology) to appreciate the benefits of consultation.

5. Rotation on general internal medicine and general surgery to increase fundamental skills necessary in a clinical surgical career including trauma.

6. Rotation on neurology, as required, but vital for a career in orthopaedic surgery.

7. Opportunity for two free electives (non-orthopaedic) providing students the opportunity to explore an additional discipline, or fill a recommended discipline void.

8. Vacation time for interviews, research (in or out of the department), or additional clinical rotations. Orthopaedic rotations are discouraged.

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Description of Pathway

Required Course Descriptions

1. Medicine

2. Neurology

3. Orthopaedic Surgery (Home [HUH or AGH by arrangement])

Surgical experience with each major service, including:
joint replacement
foot and ankle
sports medicine
pediatrics (up to one week out of four weeks at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children)
outpatient experience (with the Chairperson)
night call (twice a week)
conference participation
inpatient rounds

Strongly Recommended Courses

1. Orthopaedic Surgery (Home/Away)
at a University or University affiliated institution with a residency program in Orthopaedic Surgery

2. Rheumatology/PM&R
at a University or University affiliated institution with a fellowship program in Rheumatology and or PM&R

3. Infectious Disease or Radiology
at a University or University affiliated institution with a fellowship or residency program in the specific discipline

4. General Surgery
at a University or University affiliated institution with a residency program in General Surgery and a Level I or II trauma service designation

5. Electives (as regulated by the Dean's office) may not exceed three orthopaedic rotations and must have faculty advisor approval

Free Elective Course Descriptions
Free electives must fulfill University requirements and meet the approval of the faculty advisor.

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Textbooks and Learning Resources

Departmental library is available for students without loaning privileges.
The University library, including standard texts on reserve.
Department computer resources on CD ROM (in residents' room)
Recommended text purchase: Campbell's Operative Orthopaedics or Orthopaedic Surgery (Evarts)
Orthopaedic Knowledge Update (AAOS)

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Evaluation of the Student
there will be no formal examination
evaluation by consensus conference of attending and resident staff based on:

  • clinical skills
  • technical ability
  • case presentation
  • conference participation
  • standard clinical evaluation form utilized

Evaluation of Faculty and Residents
Specifics available from Department

Evaluation of Clinical Site
Specifics available from Department

Evaluation of Pathway
Specifics available from Department

Faculty Curriculum Committee

Norman A. Johanson, M.D. (chair)
Chief Orthopaedic Resident

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The provisions of The Student Handbook of Drexel University College of Medicine are not to be regarded as a contract between any student and the College of Medicine. The School of Medicine may, at any time, change any provisions, curriculum requirements, teaching facilities, affiliated teaching sites and/or amenities, bylaws, rules, regulations and policies as may be necessary in the interest of the University, College of Medicine, and its students.

Revised 10/02/2017