OSIG – Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group
Welcome to the Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group!
The Orthopaedic Surgery Interest Group (OSIG) serves to provide University of Florida medical students with opportunities to learn about the field of orthopaedics. Every year, we coordinate several activities that allow students to interact with orthopaedic surgery and physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) faculty and residents.
What is Orthopaedic Surgery?
Orthopaedic surgery is a branch of surgery concerned with conditions involving the musculoskeletal system. Orthopedic surgeons use both surgical and nonsurgical means to treat musculoskeletal trauma, sports injuries, degenerative diseases, infections, tumors, and congenital disorders.
Orthopaedic Surgery Residency & Fellowship
Orthopaedic surgery residency is a comprehensive five year training program, including an intern year in surgery. A majority of resident’s complete a one to two year fellowship to become more specialized. Current subspecialties include:
- Hand surgery
- Shoulder and elbow surgery
- Total joint reconstruction (arthroplasty)
- Pediatric orthopedics
- Foot and ankle surgery
- Spine surgery
- Musculoskeletal oncology
- Surgical sports medicine
- Orthopedic trauma
OSIG events are announced via email. Previous events that we hope to repeat in the future include:
- What is Orthopedic Surgery and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R)? – Learn more about careers in surgical orthopedics and PM&R, often described as a non-operative orthopedics specialty.
- Research Night – Learn about opportunities to become involved with research in Orthopedic Surgery and/or PM&R.
- Match Process Discussion – Learn from recently matched MS-4s about the process, preparation and pitfalls of matching into Orthopedic Surgery.
- Hand Camp – Partner the organization Hands2Love to facilitate their annual Hand Camp, usually held in early March each year. Info can be found at the following site though OSIG will coordinate UFCOM efforts: http://www.handstolove.org/hand-camp
The UF Department of Orthopaedics welcomes medical students who wish to shadow. This includes clinical, research and operating room shadowing opportunities. To shadow in orthopedic surgery or PM&R, check out this page. It is also possible to shadow the on-call residents to see trauma patients. Please contact an OSIG officer for this information.
These events provide the opportunity to hear presentations from preeminent physicians, some from UF Health and some visiting from other institutions. These events will be announced via email as there are often a limited number of seats available to medical students.