The AAMC has suspended access to the Visiting Student Application System (VSAS) from April 15th through April 29th. More information, including frequently asked questions, can be found on the AAMC VSLO page. 

The Warren Alpert Medical School has temporarily suspended visiting student rotations through August 2020. They plan to resume all visiting student rotations in September 2020. Please note that dates are subject to change without notice due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 global pandemic.

Visiting Medical Student Clerkship

All fourth-year medical students interested in orthopedic surgery are encouraged to rotate through our department to get an idea of how well you’ll be trained here, what we have to offer and get a taste for the culture at Brown. It is also a great way for our program to get to know you as well! Most students rotate through a four-week elective.

Alpert Medical School students can view and register for electives using OASIS. Visiting US Medical Students can view electives and apply for away rotations using VSAS. Please note that the VSAS site typically opens on May 1st. Visiting International Medical Students can email [email protected].

Start dates are flexible and rotations can be arranged.

If you have any difficulty arranging a rotation with our department, please contact Suzanne Swanson at [email protected]

Rotation Structure and Goals

Our general rotation allows for broad exposure to the program. Rotators will spend two weeks on either the hand service or the pediatric service, giving each student exposure to either our Chairman, Dr. Akleman or the Program Director, Dr. Eberson.  Students will be able to request one of the following services for their remaining two weeks: orthopedic trauma, adult reconstruction, shoulder, sports, foot & ankle, orthopedic oncology, and spine. Before you start, you’ll get a detailed schedule for these rotations during your time with us.

The goals for this rotation are:

  1. Exposure to a variety of orthopedic conditions and procedures in the form of clinic encounters, didactics and operative experience
  2. Mentoring and instruction from world-class, fellowship trained faculty
  3. Connect you with our residents, who can not only teach you the basics of orthopedic surgery, but also serve as guides through the difficult application and interviewing process for residency.
  4. If you are  interested, include you in any research projects that are ongoing within the department.

Letters of Recommendation

The AOA Council of Residency Directors has requested all programs use their new SLOR form in lieu of the traditional letter of recommendation and our department has agreed to use this form.  If you are looking for a letter of recommendation, our faculty members will be happy to complete the SLOR form and upload it to ERAS for you but we will no longer be providing the traditional letter.  AOA CORD SLOR 2017.pdf


There is on site housing available at the Gerry House, which is located on the RIH campus. Suites are divided into three bedrooms that share a bathroom. Housekeeping service is provided but there is no television in the room. Costs are $25 per night, $140 per week or $500 per month. Please call 401-444-2229 for more information about housing costs.

Many rotators have used websites like Rotating Room to secure housing during the clerkship.