General Surgery Student Clerkship

Third Year Surgery Clerkship

The third-year clerkship in surgery is designed to provide our medical students with broad exposure to the wide variety of topics in both general surgery and the surgical subspecialties. Students may be assigned to a variety of rotations including General Surgery, Acute care surgery, Trauma surgery, Cardiothoracic surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Vascular surgery, or community based general surgical practice. Students completing the clerkship will be able to recognize common surgical diseases and be familiar with the initial evaluation and management of these common surgical problems.

This educational experience is provided through a combination of didactic teaching sessions, experience on the surgical ward, web-based learning, a regular conference schedule, suture skills lab (photos) (PDF), operative experience and interactive small group sessions. The student will develop an understanding of a wide variety of topics; this will provide the foundation for recognizing and treating patients in the years following their medical school education.

Brian Lewis, MD
Department of Surgery
Student Clerkship Director

Clerkship Program
The Junior Medical Student Surgery rotation consists of a 2-month clerkship. Each student will rotate on two separate services, one month on a general surgery rotation and the other month a surgical subspecialty rotation.

During the 2-month rotation, the student will be exposed to a broad range of patients with surgical problems and the student will function as an integral member of the surgical team, being included in many elements of the patient’s care. Students will participate in the preoperative, operative and postoperative care of the surgical patient. Students will be responsible for developing an understanding of surgical disease(s), the pathophysiology of the patient’s disease process, and gain knowledge of the decision-making and clinical judgment required in the care of the patient.

Each rotation site has weekly conferences, lectures and rounds in which students will fully participate.

Medical Student Performance Evaluation
Students are evaluated on clinical performance, oral presentation skills, lecture attendance, individual learning plans, and the NBME surgery subject exam. The NBME exam is administered at the end of the 2-month rotation. The clinical evaluation process and oral presentation occur throughout the clerkship.

The Clerkship Director, Dr. Brian Lewis, Professor, Vascular Surgery, is the Chair of the Student Education Committee and a member of the Course and Clerkship Director Committee, Clerkship Director Committee, and the Clerkship Director Committee for the Association for Surgical Education (ASE).

The Surgery Student Coordinator, Catie Fihn, MBA, is a member of the Association for Surgical Education (ASE) and the Student Education Committee.