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SURG 300A. Surgery Core Clerkship (SUMC, PAVAMC, SCVMC, KPMC)     Closed to Visitors
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 peri-operative patients. Basic surgical skills are taught in the operating room, in the emergency department setting, and in the Goodman Surgical Education 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. A blended learning curriculum is in place for all students at all sites. It combines case discussions with video pre-session material and related skills sessions. This curriculum covers the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and principles of surgical management. 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 – Breast Service, Cardio-thoracic, Cardio-vascular, ENT, Pediatric, Plastic Surgery/Hand Surgery, Transplant, Trauma, Urology, or Vascular. 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.
Prereq: INDE 206.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for eight weeks. 18 students per period.
Reporting Instructions: Students will be sent information by e-mail.
Units: 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 1
Director: James Lau, M.D. (650-724-6490).
Other Faculty: Staff
Coord: Karen Cockerill (650-498-6052), Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, 300 Pasteur Drive, H3645.

SURG 309A. Plastic Surgery Clerkship (SUMC, PAVAMC, SCVMC, KPMC)     Open to Visitors
Involves clinical participation in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Activities include exposure to operative surgical techniques, evaluation of operative problems, trauma and emergency, facial and hand trauma, burns, soft tissue tumors, congenital malformations, and a broad range of rehabilitative problems. The clerkship requires rotating to three affiliated sites as well as work at SUMC (automobile transportation essential). Please note: Visiting students must obtain approval from Ms. Angela Sotelo prior to applying for this clerkship. Please email requests to asotelo@stanford.edu. Visiting students wishing to do a Plastic Surgery clerkship in periods 1-7 usually apply to the residency program in Plastic Surgery. Please note that this rotation will be purely educational rotation and will not serve as your interview. Please see the Plastic Surgery website at http://plasticsurgery.stanford.edu for more information.
Prereq: Surgery 300A and fourth year medical students ONLY.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four weeks. 8 students per period. We encourage students who are interested in an educational clerkship and who are not applying to the residency program to take the clerkship in periods 7-12.
Reporting Instructions: Where: To be assigned. The coordinator will contact you a week before your start date for instructions.
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 0
Director: Catherine Curtin, M.D.
Other Faculty: J. Chang, P. Johannet, D. Kahn, S. Girod, R. Menard, Y. Karanas, P. Lorenz, T. Santoro, V. Hentz, G. Gurtner, G. Lee, J. Orman, C. Curtin, S. Sen, R. Khosla, D. Davis, O. Ho, D. Wan, K. Yim, P. Fox, R. Nazerali, D. Nguyen.
Coord: Angela Sotelo (650-723-5824), 770 Welch Road, 4th Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94304. Residency coordinator: Christine Reyes-Santos.

SURG 310A. Hand Surgery Clerkship (SUMC, PAVAMC)     Open to Visitors
(Same as Ortho 310A). Designed to introduce the student to the principles of diagnosis and treatment of problems of the hand and upper limb as carried out in a multidisciplinary clinic (faculty from plastic surgery and orthopaedic surgery). The student will serve in the role of senior medical student in the Hand Clinics at Stanford Redwood City campus (SMOC), and the children's hospital (LPCH), assisting residents, fellows, and attending physicians. The clinical experience includes exposure to common, complex, and congenital hand disorders both in the office and operative setting. The student may experience microsurgery cases with revascularization and replantation of amputated parts, as well as flap coverage. Students may sign up for this course as ORTHO 310A or SURG 310A. Visiting students wishing to do this clerkship must receive prior approval from the Clerkship Director before submitting their application. Please email your USMLE and school transcripts in official form to dsanjuan@stanford.edu.
Prereq: Surgery 300A or equivalent, Honors desired.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for 4 weeks. 1 student per period for each ORTHO/SURG 310A slot.
Reporting Instructions: Where: 450 Broadway, Hand and Upper Extremity Clinic, Building A, Redwood City, CA 94063; Time: 8:00 am.
Units: 3 or 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 3 (to rotate with residents every 2-4 nights, call from home)
Director: Amy Ladd, M.D.
Other Faculty: J. Chang, J. Yao, C. Curtin, S. Sen, R. Kamal, P. Fox.
Coord: Donna San Juan (650-721-7626), 450 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94063.

SURG 310E. Hand and Microsurgery (CPMC)     Open to Visitors
The Buncke Clinic at California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC), Davies Campus in San Francisco, is an internationally recognized leader in the field of hand and microsurgery. Our clerkship emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to complex reconstructive problems such as facial reanimation, functional muscle transplantation, and replantation, which often require staged microsurgical solutions. The student will play an integral role in acute admissions, new admissions and daily patient rounds. Considerable emphasis is placed on teaching and strategy sessions. All students are required to participate in weekly journal clubs, patient conferences, and resident teaching presentations. Combined Buncke/UCSF Plastic and Hand Surgery Conferences are held on the first and third Tuesdays of each month. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the microsurgery laboratory to improve microsurgical skills or participate in multiple ongoing research projects.
Prereq: Surgery 300A.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four to eight weeks. 1 student per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: Contact coordinator for reporting instructions.
Units: 6 or 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 0
Director: Greg Buncke, M.D.
Other Faculty: R. Buntic, B. Safa, A. Watt.
Coord: Glen Carlson (415-565-6136), Buncke Clinic.

SURG 311C. Clerkship at the Burn Center (SCVMC)   S2   Open to Visitors
Provides integrated patient care, from intensive care to outpatient care. Acute, rehabilitative, and reconstructive phases are seen and treated. Students work directly with a PGY-3 plastic surgery resident and the ICU nursing staff. This rotation is designed for the student with career goals in general or plastic surgery, emergency medicine, or intensive care work (e.g., anesthesiology). However, students interested in primary care or pediatrics will benefit greatly from this experience. Direct surgical experience in the operating room is guaranteed.
Prereq: None
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four weeks. 1 student per period (would consider 2).
Reporting Instructions: Where: SCVMC, Plastic Surgery Office [Visitors must sign-in on the first day of rotation @ VSC Registration Desk 410]; Time: 8:00 am.
Units: 6 or 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 2, Taking call and weekend rounding will enhance the student's learning experience dramatically. It is left up to each student to decide if and how often they will take call.
Director: Yvonne Karanas M.D.
Other Faculty: Yvonne Karanas M.D.
Coord: Desiree Fuentez (408-885-5315), SCVMC, 751 S. Bascom Avenue, Building Q, Suite 4Q265, San Jose, CA 95128.

SURG 316A. Pediatric Surgery Clerkship (LPCH)   S2   Open to Visitors
Designed to familiarize the student with the general scope of pediatric surgery ranging from neonatal surgery for congenital malformations, pediatric emergency and ambulatory surgery, and identification and management of common pediatric conditions (hernias, hydroceles, pyloric stenosis, appendicitis) management of the pediatric trauma patient, management of pediatric solid tumors and pediatric laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery. The student will be expected to assume supervised responsibility for inpatients, to evaluate consultations in the emergency department, and to participate in outpatient clinics, weekly conferences , daily surgeries and teaching rounds.
Prereq: Pediatrics 300A or Surgery 300A.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for 4 weeks. 1 student per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: Pediatric Surgery office, 777 Welch Road Suite J; Time: 8:30 am. Report to Lisa Lester Mondays at 8:30 for orientation packets.
Units: 3 or 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 1
Director: Julie Fuchs, M.D. (650-384-9463).
Other Faculty: C. Albanese, M. Bruzoni, S. Chao, J. Fuchs, G. Hartman, C. Mueller, K. Sylvester, J. Wall.
Coord: Lisa Lester (650-721-3294), Division of Pediatric Surgery, 777 Welch Road, Suite J.

SURG 317A. Pediatric Surgical Specialties Clerkship (LPCH)     Closed to Visitors
Four one-week rotations selected from: general pediatric surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedics, urology, plastics/craniofacial, ophthalmology, neurosurgery. Exposes students to common as well as unique developmental and congenital pediatric surgical diseases. Includes daily rounds, clinics, operating room, as well as one day per week with pediatric anesthesia to understand immediate pre- and post-operative care of surgical pediatric patients. Broad exposure to each of the specialties familiarizes students with the spectrum of practice and the specialized physical diagnosis in these areas.
Prereq: Surg 300A (or by permission).
Periods Avail: Periods 4, 6, 8 and 10, full-time for four weeks. 4 students per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: Students will be notified by email in advance of clerkship start; Time: TBA.
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 0
Director: Craig Albanese, M.D.
Other Faculty: K. Chang, S. Dutta, D. Fredrick, R. Guzman, W. Kennedy, C. Kuan, P. Lorenz, and L. Rinsky.
Coord: Lisa Perry (650-724-3664), Division of Pediatric Surgery, 777 Welch Road, Suite J.

SURG 333A. Multi-Organ Transplantation Clerkship (SUMC)   S2   Open to Visitors
Will expose the student to transplantation of the liver, kidney, and pancreas. The student will become familiar with the selection criteria for accepting patients as candidates for transplantation. In addition, the principles of immunosuppression, histocompatibility, opportunistic infection and critical care of transplant recipients will be emphasized. The student will participate in multi-disciplinary evaluation of transplant candidates, daily transplant rounds, perioperative care and outpatient follow-up. The student will accompany the transplant team for deceased organ procurements. A weekly transplantation conference will review pertinent literature. Upon completion of the clerkship, the student will have gained experience in all aspects of transplantation.
Prereq: Surgery 300A.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four weeks. 1 student per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: 750 Welch Rd., Suite 200 (Transplantation Fellow; call two weeks prior to confirm time of rounds); Time: 7:00 am.
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 3
Director: Carlos O. Esquivel, M.D., Ph.D.
Other Faculty: O. Salvatierra, C. Esquivel, A. Bonham, S. Busque, W. Concepcion, M. Melcher, A. Gallo.
Coord: Katie Allen (650-498-5689), 750 Welch Rd., Suite 319.

SURG 334A. Advanced Vascular Surgery Clerkship (SUMC)   S2   Open to Visitors
Will provide a focused study of disease processes of the peripheral vascular system. This includes problems related to lower extremity occlusive disease, arterial aneurysms and venous disorders. There is a special emphasis on preoperative patient assessment both clinically and radiographically. The student will be exposed to the management of vascular patients by both traditional open techniques and newer minimally-invasive endovascular routes. Extensive operative experience in the operating room and the angiography suite is provided, and can be at either SUMC or the PAVAMC. Procedures include diagnostic arteriography, arterial and venous reconstruction, aortic endografting, and other advanced catheter-based interventions. The student will be an integral part of the vascular surgery service and work alongside interns, vascular and general surgery residents, and the vascular fellows. Weekly attendance at surgical and multidisciplinary conferences at SUMC is required. Note for visiting students: this course is principally directed at students who are seriously considering a surgical career in vascular surgery. If any questions, contact Jason Lee, M.D., Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, 300 Pasteur Drive H3600, Stanford, CA 94305-5642. Email: jtlee@stanford.edu. *Please note: Visiting students must obtain approval from Ms. Karen Cockerill prior to applying for this clerkship. Please email requests to karen.cockerill@stanford.edu.
Prereq: Surgery 300A.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four or eight weeks. 2 students per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: Call Karen Cockerill at 650-498-6052 two weeks prior. Students will be sent information by email.
Units: 6 or 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 1
Director: Jason T. Lee, M.D.
Other Faculty: E. J. Harris, Jr., R.L. Dalman, W. Zhou, J.T. Lee, M. Mell, V. Chandra, G. Lee, O. Aalami.
Coord: Karen Cockerill (650-498-6052), Department of Surgery, 300 Pasteur Drive, H3645.

SURG 338A. Advanced Surgery Clerkship (SUMC)   S2   Open to Visitors
Allows a student to function as surgical interns, but with reduced patient loads. This surgical sub-internship curriculum is designed to provide senior medical students with the skills and knowledge necessary to function as an intern. The curriculum focuses on practical skills, including wound care and bedside procedures, and intern-level floor management, from writing orders to managing pages from nurses. Students are assigned to one of the general surgery teams at SUMC. The student will be fully integrated to the service and expected to participate in all teaching conferences and grand rounds. The student will have meetings with the course director. The student must have successfully completed Surgery 300A. Note for visiting students: this course is principally directed at students who are seriously considering a surgical career. Contact James Lau, M.D., Dept. of Surgery, 300 Pasteur Drive H3680, Stanford, CA 94305-5655. *Please note: Visiting students must obtain approval from Ms. Karen Cockerill prior to applying for this clerkship. Please email requests to karen.cockerill@stanford.edu.
Prereq: Surgery 300A.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four weeks. 3 students per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: Call Karen Cockerill at 650-498-6052 at least two weeks prior; Students will be sent information by email.
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 3
Director: James Lau, M.D. (650-724-6490)
Other Faculty: Staff
Coord: Karen Cockerill (650-498-6052), Department of Surgery, 300 Pasteur Drive, H3645.

SURG 340A. Critical Care Clerkship (SUMC)     Open to Visitors
Teaches students how to manage critically ill surgical patients. The caseload is drawn from the ICU patients of the general and trauma surgery services at Stanford Hospital. The student works closely with the course director and senior surgery residents to provide care for a service that averages 10 patients in the Stanford E2 ICU. The student gains “hands-on” experience with the following procedures: arterial lines, central lines, pulmonary artery lines (Swan-Ganz catheters), and chest tubes, as well as other procedures appropriate to the student’s technical capabilities. Daily attending rounds help the student to master the following topics: mechanical ventilators, vasoactive drugs (pressors and inotropes), fluid resuscitation, shock, oxygen transport, systemic inflammatory response syndrome, ARDS, multiple organ failure, enteral and parenteral nutrition (TPN), and weaning from the ventilator. The student also participates in the resuscitation and operative management of trauma patients. Students wishing to do this clerkship must get approval from Theresa Kramer at 650-498-5624 first before registering.
Prereq: Surgery 300A or consent of instructor.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four or eight weeks, 1 student per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: M114; Time: 7:00 am, Monday.
Units: 6 or 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 4
Director: Paul Maggio, M.D., MBA
Other Faculty: David Spain, Susan Brundage, Drew Patterson, Mary-Anne Purtill, Paul Mohabir.
Coord: Theresa Kramer (650-498-5624), H-3580.

SURG 340B. Critical Care Clerkship (PAVAMC)     Open to Visitors
This clerkship provides experience managing adult patients in a critical care unit. Students learn how to optimize care for the acutely ill patient and the multidisciplinary approach to complex patients. Teaching emphasizes the review of basic organ physiology, the ability to determine the pathophysiologic mechanisms involved in critical illness, and the formulation of a physiologic based treatment plan. Students gain experience with the implementation of monitoring and therapeutic devices used in the intensive care units and begin to become adept at the evaluation, stabilization and management of the most critically ill patients expected to be encountered in today's acute care hospitals. Ward rounds, bedside evaluation and treatment, and individual interactions with attending, fellows and residents are part of the educational process. Students must attend mandatory simulator courses in order to receive passing grade for this clerkship. Students wishing to do this clerkship must get approval from Theresa Kramer first before registering. Students must register for Anes 340B for this clerkship.
Prereq: Anesthesia 306A or Medicine and Surgery core clerkships.
Periods Avail: 1-12, full-time for four weeks. 1 student per period.
Reporting Instructions: Where: PAVAMC, MSICU, 3rd Floor; Time: 8:00 am.
Units: 6     DropCode:     Call Code: 4
Director: Juliana Barr, M.D. (650-493-5000 x64452), Building 1, Room F315, PAVAMC (112A).
Other Faculty: E. Bertaccini, R. Chitkara, G. Lighthall, W. Kuschner, G. Krishna, J. Olsson.
Coord: Theresa Kramer (650-498-5624) H-3580, Stanford Hospital.

SURG 398A. Clinical Elective in Surgery (SUMC, LPCH, PAVAMC, SCVMC, KPMC)     Closed to Visitors
Provides an opportunity for a student in the clinical years to have an individualized clinical experience in one of the fields of Surgery. The quality and duration of the elective will be decided by both the student and a faculty preceptor in the Department of Surgery. Please note: Students cannot add 398A clerkships directly to their fishbowl schedules through the regular shuffles. Please contact Caroline Cheang in the Office of Student Services at cheang@stanford.edu or 650-498-7619 with the faculty preceptor’s name and email address to add this clerkship.
Prereq: INDE 206.
Periods Avail: 1-12.
Reporting Instructions: Where: TBA (designated faculty preceptor); Time: TBA
Units: 1 to 12     DropCode:     Call Code: 0
Director: James Lau, M.D. (650-724-6490).
Other Faculty: Staff
Coord: Karen Cockerill (650-498-6052), Department of Surgery, 300 Pasteur Drive, H3645.

* "S1"=Selective Clerkship Category I (Basics in Clinical Care)
"S2"=Selective Clerkship Category II (Subinternship)

 

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