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Orthopaedic Surgery Observing/Shadowing

About the program

The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery is committed to providing educational services to the community. For that reason, we welcome high school, college, medical or physician assistant students and employees or non-employees to visit the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to learn about careers in orthopaedics. Observable medical staff at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, or Community Memorial Hospital includes: Physicians, Physician Assistants (PAs), and Nurse Practitioners (APNPs).

Clinical observation is mandated to observational activity only. No patient care or “hands on” medical training will be conducted. Observers will not perform any medical procedures on patients. They will not have direct contact or unsupervised access to patients.
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How to Apply

Please note all items must be completed to request an observership or job shadow. All paperwork must be submitted with your request. Please be sure to read the information carefully to ensure your application is complete. Approval can take up to a month. 

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College Students, Visiting Medical Students, and Physician Assistant Students

Please read the instructions thoroughly for each item below, then print, complete and sign all documents. 

If Observing at Froedtert Hospital (Clinic and OR) or Community Memorial Hospital: 

Tuberculosis (within the past twelve months), Influenza (current during flu season, October 1st through April 1st), Proof of immunity to Rubella, Rubeola and mumps (documented history of 2 MMR's) 

  • If observing in the OR, please review the Observing in the Operating Room (PDF) document. 
  • Email all completed forms, as well as your top three division choices, if you'd like to observe in the clinic, OR, or both, and dates you are available to shadow (must be at least three weeks in advance). 

If Observing at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: 

Tuberculosis (within the past twelve months), Influenza (current during flu season, October 1st through April 1st), Proof of immunity to Rubella, Rubeola and mumps (documented history of 2 MMR's), Varicella (chicken pox - must have documented history of 2 varicella vaccines or positive varicella titre or documented history from health care provider of  chicken pox or shingles. Verbal confirmation will not be accepted) 

  • Email all completed forms and preferred dates (at least three weeks in advance) 

    Services available for shadowing: Trauma, Sports Medicine, Oncology, Hand & Upper Extremity, Foot & Ankle, Pediatrics, Total Joint, Spine
High School Students

Please read the instructions thoroughly for each item below, then print, complete and sign all documents. 

If Observing at Froedtert Hospital (Clinic and OR) or Community Memorial Hospital: 

Tuberculosis (within the past twelve months), Influenza (current during flu season, October 1st through April 1st), Proof of immunity to Rubella, Rubeola and mumps (documented history of 2 MMR's) 

  • If observing in the OR, please review the Observing in the Operating Room (PDF) document. 
  • Email all completed forms, as well as your top three division choices, if you'd like to observe in the clinic, OR, or both, and dates you are available to shadow (must be at least three weeks in advance). 

If Observing at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: 

Tuberculosis (within the past twelve months), Influenza (current during flu season, October 1st through April 1st), Proof of immunity to Rubella, Rubeola and mumps (documented history of 2 MMR's), Varicella (chicken pox - must have documented history of 2 varicella vaccines or positive varicella titre or documentedhistory from health care provider of  chicken pox or shingles. Verbal confirmation will not be accepted) 

  • Email all completed forms and preferred dates (at least three weeks in advance) 

    Services available for shadowing: Trauma, Sports Medicine, Oncology, Hand & Upper Extremity, Foot & Ankle, Pediatrics, Total Joint, Spine
MCW Students

Please read the instructions thoroughly for each item below, then print, complete and sign all documents. 

If Observing at Froedtert Hospital (Clinic and OR) or Community Memorial Hospital: 

Tuberculosis (within the past twelve months), Influenza (current during flu season, October 1st through April 1st), Proof of immunity to Rubella, Rubeola and mumps (documented history of 2 MMR's) 

  • If observing in the OR, please review the Observing in the Operating Room (PDF) document. 
  • Email all completed forms, as well as your top three division choices, if you'd like to observe in the clinic, OR, or both, and dates you are available to shadow (must be at least three weeks in advance). 

If Observing at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: 

Tuberculosis (within the past twelve months), Influenza (current during flu season, October 1st through April 1st), Proof of immunity to Rubella, Rubeola and mumps (documented history of 2 MMR's), Varicella (chicken pox - must have documented history of 2 varicella vaccines or positive varicella titre or documentedhistory from health care provider of  chicken pox or shingles. Verbal confirmation will not be accepted) 

  • Email all completed forms and preferred dates (at least three weeks in advance) 

    Services available for shadowing: Trauma, Sports Medicine, Oncology, Hand & Upper Extremity, Foot & Ankle, Pediatrics, Total Joint, Spine

    Contact Us

    If you have any questions, please contact: 

    Erin Hill

    Administrative Coordinator

    Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

    The Medical College of Wisconsin

    8701 Watertown Plank Rd.

    Milwaukee, WI 53226

    (414) 955-3207

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