Medical Student Rotations

The Houston Methodist Orthopedic Surgery Residency Program offers medical student rotations for fourth-year medical students interested in pursuing an orthopedic surgery residency. Rotations are offered in August through December. In order to apply for the rotation, you must contact our residency coordinator expressing interest and include your CV (resume) and United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) step 1 score. Minimum USMLE step 1 score must be 240 to be considered as a rotator. This information is then presented to the Program Director and Assistant Program Director for evaluation and selection. If selected, the student will be forwarded to our graduate medical education (GME) office for credentialing and processing.

Completing a rotator application through our GME office does not guarantee a formal rotation. All students are selected by the program director. Students must have prior approval from the program before completing GME paperwork.

Our program is currently not involved with VSAS.

Virtual Curriculum

Like many institutions, COVID-19 has impacted our GME community by limiting travel restrictions, thus prohibiting normal outside medical student rotations and interviews with our program. In response to these new restrictions, we have developed a virtual curriculum that will introduce medical students to some of the basic concepts of Orthopedic Surgery and offer exposure to our program’s didactics.

We will have two virtual ‘meet & greet’ sessions per month, through November 2020. One with our Co-Program Directors and Program Coordinator, and the other with our current upper level residents. These sessions are flexible, and our goal is to provide medical students the opportunity to interact with current residents, faculty, and program representatives, while gaining insight to the program structure and our community.

Space for this curriculum is limited and interested students should contact our residency coordinator, Alyssa Hatch, at Please submit your CV, USMLE Step 1 score, and a short paragraph about yourself and why you are interested in our program. Please also include which sessions you would like to attend.

Linked here, you can find the Curriculum ScheduleMS4 goals and objectives and overall program goals and objectives. Access to the Zoom information will only be sent by Alyssa, after she has received the information requested above.