The Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic shadowing program provides high school and college students an unmatched opportunity to see how classroom concepts translate into the real-world practice of medicine. Our program provides you with one-on-one mentorship with one of our physicians in all scopes of practice, from the office to the hospital and operating room. At the end of the experience, students should have a firm grasp on what it feels like to practice medicine and provide excellent orthopaedic care.

Not only is this a valuable experience for those who are interested in practicing medicine some day, but it also will set you ahead of your peers and enhance your college or medical school application as you navigate the difficult process of applying to schools. It is also a chance to explore a specialty, which can help you establish your field of study early in your education allowing you to jump start your career into that field.

While the traditional program involves a formal 1-4 weeks of shadowing, many of our mentees have gone on to form lasting relationships with our physicians that have led to longer-term internship and research opportunities including research publications. We encourage all that want to shadow to form these types of bonds. Many who have come through the program have successfully gone on to medical school and some have even become practicing orthopaedic surgeons. 

Program Details:

This program is intended for college students and rising high school juniors who are interested in discovering more about the real-world practice of orthopaedics. We will consider applications from exceptional high school sophomores.

The shadowing and mentorship experience consists of 1-4 weeks where we pair you one on one with a physician from the Anderson Orthopaedic Clinic. Shadowing will take place in a range in settings from the outpatient office to the hospital and operating room.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Please allow up to (4 weeks) to process your application.

While there is no fee for this program we do appreciate donations to the Anderson Orthopaedic Reseach Institute.  This is a 501 C3 non-profit so all donations are tax deductible. These donations allow us to continue to operate this program for any who chose to apply. Please click this link for more information on how you can donate to our institute.  


Application Timeline:

Our summer 2024 program is no longer accepting applications.

Applications are processed on a rolling basis. Please allow up 4 weeks for your application to process.

Applications open: (immediately). Please fill out and attach all requested forms and documents

Applications close: April 1st.

Acceptances released: April 15th

Grant application deadline: May 1st

Notification of grant status: May 15th

Program begins: June 12th

Summer student symposium: August 4th

Program ends: August 4th.