Undergraduate Education

The Undergraduate Orthopaedics program at UBC organizes teaching for UBC Medical students in all four years of their MD training.

1st and 2nd Years

The Department of Orthopaedics is involved in the delivery of several core courses in the medical school undergraduate curriculum. The basic science of bone and cartilage is taught during the second year of medical school, with three weeks devoted to case-based learning about the Musculoskeletal System.

  • During this block, the theme of the first week is bone anatomy, physiology, and bone healing.
  • The second week introduces the anatomy, structure, and function of the knee and its supporting structures.
  • The third week describes the physiology of bone and calcium homeostasis as well as the pathology of bone disease, focusing on osteoporosis.

Later in the second year, students will learn more about the Musculoskeletal System through weeks dedicated to Osteoarthritis and Inflammatory Joint Disease.

3rd Year (Clerkship)

The Department teaches a mandatory two week clerkship rotation in Orthopaedics in the third year of the medical school. The clerkship combines mandatory reading of case-based material as well as exposure to inpatient and outpatient Orthopaedic practice. Application for subspecialty electives in Orthopaedics at UBC by Canadian and International Visiting Students are accepted.

4th Year (Electives)

In the fourth year of medical school, two week or four week elective rotations are offered in subspecialty Orthopaedics to UBC students and Visiting Students (Canadian and International):

  • Foot & Ankle (Lower Extremities)
  • Hand & Upper Extremities
  • Pediatrics
  • Reconstruction
  • Spine
  • Trauma

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