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Visiting Medical Student Rotations

January 18, 2021: Availability of orthopaedic surgery rotations for visiting medical students in 2021 is still uncertain. We will make decisions regarding accepting rotators based on recommendations and guidelines from our own institution as well as the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Orthopaedic Association's (AOA) Council of Orthopaedic Residency Directors’ (CORD). We plan to post updates on this website as new information is available. If students are accepted for away rotations, we will start the selection process in April in order to allow students plenty of time for planning rotation schedules for the entire academic year. Therefore, the deadline for submitting applications for away rotations is April 11, 2021.

Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program

For fourth-year medical students, Atrium Health CMC's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery offers four-week elective orthopaedic surgery rotations.

These electives combine practical clinical experience with didactic instruction, including a series of mandatory formal conferences. Students work directly with residents and members of the orthopaedic surgery attending staff. They participate in surgical procedures and treatments in the inpatient and outpatient setting.

Our healthcare system is affiliated with University of North Carolina School of Medicine (UNC COM). However, our residency program is completely separate from UNC Orthopaedics. Because of the affiliation, the visiting student application process will take you through UNC COM.

UNC SOM students should contact for permission to take the course.

Visiting students interested should log onto:

Our application process will begin thru VSAS. Please apply through UNC and select our site.

From the VSAS main page, click on Search Electives and select from the list of drop-down boxes:

  • 4th year Elective Requirements for Orthopaedic Visiting Student Rotation ORTS448
    • Specialty - Orthopaedic Surgery
    • State - North Carolinas HealthCare System
    • Institution - Univ North Carolina School of Med
    • Site - Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte NC 
  • For further questions, please contact to or
    • Fax: 704 355 7905
  • Applications for rotation requests will be accepted from Feb 1 through April 11, 2021
    • 4-week rotation blocks start June 28 and end November 13, 2020   
    •   Block 5: June 28 - July 25, 2021
    •   Block 6: July 26 - August 22, 2021
    •   Block 7: August 23 - September 19, 2021
    •   Block 8: September 20 - October 17, 2021
    •   Block 9: October 18 - November 14, 2021

Please select a first, second and third choice for rotation block.

We would also like for our applicants to include their CV, USMLE scores, medical school transcripts, a recent photo, current fit test, and the supplemental form of Key Academic Achievements. Click here to access supplemental form. The completed form can be uploaded through VSAS.

Once these items are received, they will be reviewed by Dr. Laurence Kempton, Medical Student Director. The applicant is informed via email of acceptance as soon as a decision is made. Decisions will be made in early to mid May. Due to the popularity of this rotation, we are only able to accommodate 3-4 visiting students per rotation. We will accept more than four visiting students if space is available after UNC's drop/add dates (mid June).