Dear prospective visiting student: Due to Wake Forest Baptist Health guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, visiting students will be allowed to rotate in Orthopaedic Surgery beginning July 19, 2021 (Block 5). We are currently accepting applications through the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) and will begin reviewing them on May 1, 2021 per national guidelines.  

The Wake Forest School of Medicine Department of Orthopaedic Surgery welcomes all fourth-year medical students to rotate as acting interns in our department. Medical students currently enrolled in U.S. allopathic medical schools should apply through VSAS.  Options for international medical students are below.

Our top priorities during your rotation are to:

  • Advance your orthopaedic knowledge base.
  • Help initiate the transition from medical student to resident.
  • Provide extensive hands-on experience.
  • Expose you to a wide variety of Orthopaedic surgical conditions and clinical styles.
  • Develop friendships and connections with other members of our Orthopaedic family

We accept up to eight students to rotate during each academic block.


The cornerstone of our program is extensive operative experience with our fellowship-trained academic orthopaedic faculty, many of whom are considered world experts in their respective orthopaedic subspecialties.

Clerkship curriculum will also include:

  • Orthopaedic clinic and call experience to learn about the peri-operative, non-operative, and acute management of orthopaedic issues, with teaching and participation in Emergency Department procedures such as casting, splinting, joint injections, joint aspirations, revision amputations, etc. 
  • Take part in departmental educational conferences, grand rounds, cadaveric and saw-bone operative surgical skills labs, and journal clubs.
  • Attend didactic lectures designed specifically for fourth-year medical students.
  • Receive guidance from a senior resident mentor.
  • Experience life in Winston-Salem and consider what it would be like to complete your residency here.