SRG 3000: Fundamentals of Surgery

This course provides students with initial exposure to their surgery clerkship on the RVU campus at the surgical simulation center for one week. Students will be expected to take call in the evenings. 

SRG 3001/3002: Surgery Core

The Surgery clerkship will provide clinical exposure to various aspects of surgery. Students will gain knowledge, experience, and competency in the diagnosis and management of surgical patients in the inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. Students will also become competent in basic surgical procedures including, but not limited to suturing techniques and wound management. Prerequisite: successful completion of all pre-clinical (Year 1 and Year 2) coursework and successful completion of SRG3000 Fundamentals of Surgery.

It is critical to note that the clinical clerkship experience is not intended to teach the student everything about Surgery nor provide the student with clinical experience in every aspect of the discipline. The Clerkship Director and the assigned Preceptor may provide educational guidance, but it is each student’s individual responsibility to learn the subject content. Lifelong self-learning is the goal and is expected in this core clinical clerkship. Students must show that adequate direct patient care experience has been achieved by demonstrating adequate patient log support of an average of at least 4 outpatients or 2 inpatients per day.

SRG 4001: General Surgery Elective

General Surgery is a discipline of surgery having a central core of knowledge embracing anatomy, physiology, metabolism, immunology, nutrition, pathology, wound healing, shock and resuscitation, intensive care, and neoplasia, which are common to all surgical specialties.

SRG 4210: Plastic Surgery Elective

Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty involving the restoration, reconstruction, or alteration of the human body. It can be divided into two categories. The first is reconstructive surgery which includes craniofacial surgery, hand surgery, microsurgery, and the treatment of burns. The other is cosmetic or aesthetic surgery. While reconstructive surgery aims to reconstruct a part of the body or improve its functioning, cosmetic surgery aims at improving the appearance of it. Both of these techniques are used throughout the world.

SRG 4220: Oral Surgery Elective

Oral and maxillofacial surgery specializes in treating many diseases, injuries, and defects in the head, neck, face, jaws and the hard and soft tissues of the oral (mouth) and maxillofacial (jaws and face) region. It is an internationally recognized surgical specialty.

SRG 4230: Thoracic Surgery Elective

Cardiothoracic surgery (also known as thoracic surgery) is the field of medicine involved in surgical treatment of organs inside the thorax (the chest)—generally treatment of conditions of the heart (heart disease) and lungs (lung disease). In most countries, cardiac surgery (involving the heart and the great vessels) and general thoracic surgery (involving the lungs, esophagus, thymus, etc.) are separate surgical specialties; the exceptions are the United States, Australia, New Zealand, and some EU countries, such as the United Kingdom and Portugal.

SRG 4240: Transplant Surgery Elective

Transplant surgery is the surgical removal of an organ(s), tissue, or blood products from a donor and surgically placing or infusing them into a recipient.

SRG 4250: Trauma Surgery Elective

Trauma surgery is a surgical specialty that utilizes both operative and non-operative management to treat traumatic injuries, typically in an acute setting.

SRG 4260: Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Surgery Elective

Otorhinolaryngology is a surgical subspecialty within medicine that deals with conditions of the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) and related structures of the head and neck. Patients seek treatment from an otorhinolaryngologist for diseases of the ear, nose, throat, base of the skull, and for the surgical management of cancers and benign tumors of the head and neck.

SRG 4270: Podiatric Surgery Elective

Podiatric surgery is a specialist field in the podiatry profession. Podiatric surgery is the surgical treatment of conditions affecting the foot, ankle, and related lower extremity structures by accredited and qualified specialist podiatrists.

SRG 4280: Gastrointestinal Surgery Elective

Includes both upper gastrointestinal surgery (upper GI surgery), which focuses on the upper parts of the gastrointestinal tract including Liver resection, Esophagectomy, and Pancreaticoduodenectomy, and lower gastrointestinal surgery (or colorectal surgery) and surgery of the small intestine.

SRG 4290: Perioperative Care Elective

Perioperative Care focuses on patient necessities before, during, and after a surgical procedure. Key elements may include patient preparation prior to the day of surgery, a standardized approach to patient monitoring and education on the day of surgery, and careful postoperative monitoring.