The clerkship will include patient care work-ups on a minimum 30 inpatient/outpatient cases.
Core conditions to be seen or reviewed:
- Abdominal Pain
- Atherosclerotic Disease: Peripheral Vascular Disease or Carotid Diagnosis
- Liver Disease: Abnormal LFTs
- Perioperative Care: Postop Complications
- Substance-related Disorders: Post-op pain manager
- Endocrine disorders
- GI Symptom
- Bleeding and Thrombosis
Methods of Assessment
Our methods of assessment include:
- Observation of clinical performance by faculty and house officers.
- Standardized written examination administered at the end of the rotation.
- Oral examination administered by surgery faculty at the end of the rotation.
- Administrative Grade (WISE-MD, CLTP, Procedures, and Direct Observation) and Applied Sciences.
Evaluation & Grading
- 60% Clinical
- 30% Each Clinical Surgery Month
- Satisfactory/Fail for 4 week Applied Sciences
- 25% Shelf
- 10% Oral exam
- 5% Administrative
The Surgery and Applied Sciences is a three-month clerkship. All students complete two different surgery rotations, each being one month. Students also complete one month of Applied Sciences, which consists of one week of Anatomy, Anesthesia, Pathology, Radiology and a Simulation Lab curriculum across the entire three months.
The primary goal of the Surgery Clerkship for each second year student is to develop a systematic approach to clinical problem-solving, the recognition of dealing with acute medical issues, and a basic understanding of surgical diseases. Objectives include an understanding of the pathophysiologic basis of diseases, the ability to perform an accurate history and physical exam, and the ability to understand the role of surgery and procedures in disease management. Objectives also ask students to learn to perform basic procedures (suturing, Foley catheter placement, etc.) through a combination of simulation and clinical practice. Objectives include the ability to accurately and efficiently present a patient’s history in both written and verbal format and to understand the operating room learning environment. Objectives ask that the student recognize personal limitations and develop the skills necessary for lifelong learning and the ability to interact with all members of the healthcare team.
Course & Program Evaluation Plan
- Clerkship evaluations by students
- Annual SWOT report
- Annual Review by CTOC
- AAMC & GQ reports
- UMMS clinical skills report – reviewed by clerkship director annually
- CCA2, FCS, CCA4 - reviewed by clerkship director annually
- USMLE Step 2 & national Subject Exam averages