Duration: 4 weeks
General Surgery and Sub-Specialties
To provide fourth-year medical students with an advanced experience in General Surgery and one of its sub-specialties. Students will apply and expand their knowledge of surgery through direct patient care and operative experience.
Each student will rotate for two weeks on two busy clinical services, including acute care, breast, endocrine, surgical oncology, laparoscopic surgery, cardiac surgery, vascular surgery, pediatric surgery, and colorectal surgery. The student will choose in advance among various services, and his/her top choices will be honored when available. Students participate actively in all phases of diagnosis and treatment alongside resident and attending staff. Activities include daily work rounds, assisting in the operating room, and evaluation of pre and postoperative patients in both the hospital and clinic settings. He or she will actively participate in the regular conference schedule. Principles of surgical diagnosis, as well as clinical physiology and pathophysiology, are especially emphasized for the student. There is no on call requirement, although students may choose to shadow an intern on call once a week. Fourth year elective rotation performance is designed for students interested in pursuing a surgical career, or those wishing to gain a more intensive or specialized experience in surgery than provided during the third-year rotation.
To permit medical students to observe the diagnosis and treatment of patients with a wide variety of orthopedic problems. The students have the opportunity to learn the scope of this surgical specialty.
The student is assigned to four staff orthopedic surgeons and their residents for a period of one week each, thus having the opportunity to participate in the treatment of a variety of orthopedic conditions since members of the department have subspecialties within the specialty. The student sees patients in the clinic, makes rounds with the staff orthopedic surgeon and the residents, scrubs in on the surgical cases, and assists in the reduction of fractures and the application of casts. He or she also attends all of the teaching conferences of the department.