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Visiting Clerkship

The Stanford Orthopedic Surgery Sub-I Clerkship is offered as a part of the Stanford Office of Medical School Affairs. The course description is as follows:

ORTHO 318A: Sub-Internship in Orthopedics

Open to visitors. Students will rotate two weeks at Stanford University and two weeks at either Palo Alto Veterans Administration (PAVA) in Palo Alto, CA or Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (SCVMC) in San Jose, CA. An in-patient and outpatient experience, intended for medical students in their final year who have completed a basic Orthopedics clerkship. Students build upon skills learned in the basic clerkship with increased responsibility; students perform primary workup of new patients, perform procedures such as: seeing patients and taking a basic orthopedic history, perform physical examination of the musculoskeletal system, improve their ability to manage complex patient presentations including diagnosing and treating common adult and pediatric orthopedic problems. Students are assigned to Arthritis/Joints, Foot/Ankle, Hand, Peds, Shoulder/Elbow, Spine, Sports, Trauma or Tumor service, attend daily rounds and clinics, and go to the operating room. Effort is made to accommodate student requests to be on a particular service. Students participate in daily care, take night call, and writes notes. The main O.R. and some conferences are located at the Stanford University Medical Center (SUMC). Students will attend Wednesday morning grand rounds and lectures each week, and will also have one hour of lecture per week dedicated to medical students. Students will attend any resident surgical skills labs scheduled during their rotation. During the rotation, students will meet with the Chairman and Residency Program Director, and will be interviewed for the Stanford Orthopaedic Residency program. Visiting students wishing to do this sub-I must receive prior approval before submitting their application to the School of Medicine. Please email to your USMLE, school transcripts and CV and indicate the specific period for which you would like to be considered. Prereq: Successful completion of Ortho 306A and for visiting students, successful completion of your schools equivalent of an introductory orthopaedic course. 



Step 1: 

Pre-approval. Approval of visiting students to apply for our Sub-I (Ortho318A) course is done on a departmental level. This acceptance to apply does not guarantee a spot. For pre-approval, the following should be sent to our Rotation Coordinator, Sue Gokey Gonazales at

  1. copy of their transcript
  2. USMLE report and current CV
  3. indicate the period they are interested in rotating (please reference below for the period dates)


Step 2:

If you are approved, you will recieve an email from Sue stating your approval for application. Once they’ve received approval, you can go to the OMSA visiting student website ( and complete their application as set forth by their office. The application acceptance period for the Summer quarter (Periods 1, 2 and 3) is the month of April and Autumn quarter (periods 4, 5 and 6) application acceptance period is month of July.

Rotation dates vary each year. Please see schedule before for dates for this academic year.

Sub-I’s rotate 2 weeks on a stanford service and 2 weeks a either the VA or Valley. Requests are taken into consideration but not guaranteed. Services: Arthritis, Spine, Sports, Foot/Ankle, Trauma, Tumor, Hand 

If you have questions, please contact Sue Gonzales at: or 650-721-7616

For full information about Visiting Clerkships at Stanford, please follow this link:


2023-2024 Clerkship Period Dates

This is the calendar according to which we schedule and organize clerkship electives at the Stanford University School of Medicine.


Application Acceptance Period: March 27 – April 14, 2023

Visiting students are notified May 5, 2023

PERIOD 1: July 3 - July 30, 2023

PERIOD 2: July 31 - August 27, 2023

PERIOD 3: August 28 - September 24, 2023


Application Acceptance Period: June 26 – July 14, 2023

Visiting students are notified August 4, 2023

PERIOD 4: September 25 - October 22, 2023

PERIOD 5: October 23 - November 19, 2023

PERIOD 6: November 20 - December 17, 2023

HOLIDAY BREAK December 18, 2023 – January 7, 2024


Application Acceptance Period: September 25 – October 13, 2023

Visiting students are notified November 3, 2023

PERIOD 7: January 8 - February 4, 2024

PERIOD 8: February 5 - March 3, 2024

PERIOD 9: March 4 - March 31, 2024


Application Acceptance Period: January 2 – January 19, 2024

Visiting students are notified February 2, 2024

PERIOD 10: April 1 - April 28, 2024

PERIOD 11: April 29 - May 26, 2024

PERIOD 12: May 27 - June 23, 2024