Medical Student Education
Required General Surgery Clerkship
The General Surgery Clerkship is an intensive six-week rotation. Students are assigned to one three-week block on acute care surgery with an emphasis on on basic trauma, critical care, and emergent principle. The next three week block is focused on fundamental general surgery concepts and students are assigned to either Upper GI Surgery, Colorectal, Hepatobiliary or Minimally Invasive Surgery.
Required Surgical Subspecialty Clerkship
Students have a choice and can complete the surgical subspecialty clerkship either in Year III or in Year IV. During the Year III clerkship students will be assigned to two subspecialty clerkships for three weeks each and during Year IV students are assigned to one subspecuilaty service for four weeks. These services include: Breast/Soft Tissue, Breast/Soft Tissue/Endocrine, Burn Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Hepatobiliary Transplant, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic Trauma Surgery, Orthopedic Hand Surgery, Otolaryngology, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Spine Surgery, Urology and Vascular Surgery.
For all of the Surgical Clerkships, students will function as members of the house staff team as far as the clerkship schedule will permit. Students will be responsible for two to four patients on their assigned service. This responsibility includes the following: performance of admission history and physical examination, scheduling of diagnostic tests, data collection, writing progress notes, and participating in the operative procedure and postoperative care of the patient until discharge from the hospital. Daytime activities will include participation in assigned cases in the operating room, clinic or assigned participation in other clerkship learning activities. These assigned learning activities take priority over ward work.
ICM focused experience
The purpose of this learning experience is to introduce students to basic knot tying and suturing techniques. We offer one to two sessions a month from September through April based on staff availability.
Surgical Student Interest Group Workshops
The Surgical Skills Simulation and Education Center hosts a series of workshops for year 1 and year 2 medical students. Each workshop is offered twice during the year for a total of 16 workshops. Each workshop lasts two hours and is able to accommodate up to 25 students.