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SURG 300A. Surgery Core Clerkship (SUMC, LPCH, PAVAMC, SCVMC, KPMC)

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Provides students with clinical experience in the evaluation and treatment of a wide variety of surgical diseases. Emphasis is placed on teaching students to recognize and manage basic clinical problems. Students function as active members of the surgical team, and follow patients throughout their in-patient course. Outpatient clinics provide the student with the ability to participate in the initial work-up and care plan of pre-op patients. Basic surgical skills are taught in the operating room, in the emergency department setting, and in the goodman center. The clerkship offers an opportunity for students to integrate their knowledge of anatomy, physiology and physical diagnosis into a treatment plan for patients with surgical diseases. Didactic lectures are given by faculty during the clerkship, which cover pathophysiology of various diseases and principles of surgical management. Students will also attend small group learning sessions, simulation skills sessions, and complete an online learning system consisting of fifteen surgical topics. A required textbook will be provided. Each student spends one four-week rotation at Stanford, the VA, Kaiser, or SCVMC. The remaining four weeks will be spent rotating on two different Surgical Subspecialties – ENT, Trauma, Urology, Cardio-thoracic (VA), Vascular (Stanford), Transplant, Pediatric Surgery, Thoracic Surgery (Stanford), Plastic Surgery, or Breast Service. A 1/2 day orientation is held at the beginning of the eight week period. The NBME Subject Exam is a required component of the clerkship.

MED 208 or INDE 206.

Periods Available
1-12, full-time for eight weeks. 18 students per period.

Reporting Instructions:
Students will be sent information by e-mail.

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James Lau, M.D. (650-724-6490).

Other Faculty

Karen Cockerill (650-498-6052), Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, 300 Pasteur Drive, H3600.


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