The Surgery Clerkship exposes students to the principles and practice of surgery, recognizing that most students will have no further formal surgical education.
These questions underlie the educational objectives:
- How does one appropriately evaluate the common surgical problems?
- How do surgeons make interventional decisions and prioritize the treatment options?
- How does one weigh the risks and benefits of the treatment options? (considering the patient's problem, overall health, and life expectancy)
- How are postoperative outcomes assessed?
The clerkship will address these broad questions through the defined core curriculum seminars and problem sets on which the seminars are based. The objectives will be further augmented by participation on the clinical team. Students are expected to participate in the evaluation of patients and the decision-making process.
Participation in the seminars will:
- Provide an opportunity to solidify knowledge base and problem solving skills.
- Provide an opportunity to ask questions and participate actively in the learning process.
- Facilitate the development of skills of self-directed learning.
Participation on the clinical teams will provide an opportunity to:
- See and solve problems.
- Demonstrate initiative and professional behavior.
- Develop interviewing and physical diagnosis skills.
- Enhance work habits and interpersonal skills.