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.
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 on the subject of 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 ultimate 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.