As a med student your goals should be:

  • Ace your med school classes.
  • Gain exposure to the field via shadowing in an office or operating room.
  • Find 2-3 orthopaedic surgeon mentors starting in your first year of med school
  • Build relationships with other students interested in orthopaedics and with orthopedic residents.
  • Develop a study plan in order to achieve maximum USMLE Step 1 and Step 2 scores.
  • Participate in research (not necessarily orthopaedic related).
  • Extra-curricular activities are important but less important than in undergrad; leadership roles in these activities should be pursued. NOTE: An abundance of extra-curricular activities in med school does not make up for average grades or average board score performance.