Jun 01, 2023  
Catalog 2022-2023 
Catalog 2022-2023

ELECT EORTH - Orthopaedics Hand Surgery

Director Fourth Year Department Courses: Karl K. Bilderback, M.D.
Category: Orthopedic Hand Surgery
Director(s): Karl K. Bilderback, M.D.
Administrative Contact: Samantha Vance Phone: 675.4313 Room: 3-344
Number of Students Per 4 Week Block: 1
Duration: 4 Weeks
Location: Academic Medical Center at Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport
Selective Available During Blocks: All Blocks
Course Code: EORTH
4 Credits

Brief Description of Student Activities During Rotation

Each student will work under the direct supervision and guidance of senior residents and faculty, mostly in the outpatient setting. The students will be given patients to manage, with increasing responsibility for their care, including performance of the history and physical exam and documenting findings in the progress note.

Special emphasis will be given to decision making and outpatient management of orthopedic hand surgery patients. Further, students will take part in all education programs in connection with the orthopedic residency training program.

Night Call - No Weekend Call - No Final Exam - Oral Overall Educational Goal of Selective:

The purpose of this selective is to build on the student’s existing knowledge of orthopedics and hand surgery, whatever that level may be, and to foster an appreciation of the finer points of ailments of the musculoskeletal system in general, with an emphasis on problems of the hand and upper extremity. This selective is designed for those interested in orthopedic surgery, as well as for those interested in primary care who want to deepen their knowledge of orthopedic/hand surgery.


  1. Students will provide primary contact with ACC clinic patients on initial and follow-up clinic visits under faculty supervision. Olive Street Faculty Clinic patients will be seen along with the faculty.
  2. Improve history and musculoskeletal physical examination skills and understanding.
  3. Develop an understanding of common hand problems, their initial evaluation, differential diagnosis, significance of history and exam findings, initial and subsequent management.
  4. Learn the significance of ancillary testing and explain specific reasons for their implementation.
  5. Develop a working knowledge of musculoskeletal ultrasound, and demonstrate its use for therapeutic injections and diagnosis.

The student will be evaluated based on their performance through the rotation, as well as an oral exam relevant to subjects encountered during the rotation.

Offered: ALL