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Ruth Jackson-Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship

The University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is pleased to announce that it is accepting applications for the Jackson-Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship.  One or two outstanding medical students who have successfully completed the third year of medical school at a LCME-accredited institution and who have an interest in orthopaedics will be selected for this award. The award will include support for housing and travel.

The University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation is one of the premiere academic orthopaedic departments in the United States and attracts individuals from throughout the United States and multiple foreign countries who come to Iowa City to advance their education.

The Jackson-Steindler Clerkship Awardees will participate in the clinical services at the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation, the educational programs including conferences and surgical skills education as well as have the opportunity to participate in research conferences.  At the beginning of the Ruth Jackson-Steindler clerkship the awardees will each give a 10-15 minute talk on diversity during one of the departments educational conferences.  Successful applicants will have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and an interest in advancing diversity within the specialty of orthopaedics. The clerkship is not affiliated with the Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation match program.

The Jackson-Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship continues the University of Iowa Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation's long commitment to excellence, service and diversity. The department was founded by Arthur Steindler who immigrated to the United States because of limited opportunities he faced in Austria. After establishing the Department of Orthopaedics and Rehabilitation in Iowa City in 1913 he sought to provide educational and career opportunities for individuals who shared his commitment to excellence, service and diversity. Ruth Jackson is one of those individuals. After graduating from medical school, she sought education in surgery, but few in any programs would accept her. When she contacted Arthur Steindler, he enthusiastically offered her a position in Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Iowa. Ruth Jackson is now recognized as the first woman orthopaedic surgeon in the United States and the Ruth Jackson Society, an organization devoted to advancing woman in orthopaedics, is named for her.

All application materials should be received by April 1, 2015.  Awardees will be notified no later than April 30, 2015. (Course descriptions and Dates of Participation).

Applicants must submit an application form to be considered for this award.

In addition to completing the application, applicants to the program are required to include the following for consideration. All materials should be sent as email attachments to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

  1. Medical school transcripts.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the dean of your medical school.
  3. One additional letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
  4. A current resume including a list of research experience and copies of any published material.
  5. A personal statement regarding your interest in this clerkship and your commitment to excellence, service and diversity in the field of orthopaedics.

Complete the Ruth Jackson-Steindler Orthopaedic Clerkship application.

All application materials must be received by April 1st, 2015, for consideration.

Applicants must be enrolled in an LCGME accredited medical school

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