Health Sciences Calendar
2005 - 2006

3.5.26 Surgery

Core Courses

This Department contributes to all curriculum components.

SURG 301 Surgery - ICM.
The main objectives for this four-week rotation are to develop the history taking and physical examination skills necessary to collect information and make the diagnosis of the patient. The student also learns the pathophysiology of surgical conditions. These objectives help prepare the student for clerkship in the senior years where the issues of patient workup and management are covered. The ICM Surgery rotation involves being assigned to a surgical service and tutor, seeing patients in the preoperative and peroperative period and following the patient postoperatively. The student will workup one patient per week on the ward and in the ambulatory care setting and follow each patient through the entire perioperative period. Apart from doing histories and physical examinations, the student will learn how to write progress notes and prepare for case presentations. The objectives of knowledge are primarily covered in small group teaching sessions held in the hospitals. These cover a broad range of topics in the fields of surgical principles and all the subspecialties of surgery. Students are encouraged to attend services rounds, ward rounds, and participate in the operative management of their patients. Students do their rotations at the MGH, RVH, JGH and SMH.
SURG 401 Surgery - Clerkships.
In their senior years, students spend eight weeks as clinical clerks in surgery. The objectives of the surgical clerkship are the workup and management of surgical conditions. Four weeks are spent in General Surgery and, during the other half of the rotation, clerks may choose one of the following surgical disciplines: Cardiothoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Orthopedic, Plastic Surgery, Trauma, Urology or Vascular Surgery. As clinical clerks, the students become apart of the surgical team, attending rounds, managing patients and wards, taking calls and becoming involved in the entire management period of their patients. During the eight-week rotations, students are given small group teaching on various topics in surgery.
Participating hospitals include the MGH, MNH, RVH, SMH and JGH.

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