The surgical electives in the Department of Surgery are designed to give the senior medical student advanced knowledge of surgical diseases and the treatment of those disease processes. In addition, advanced technical experience is provided while on these services.
There are two basic types of surgical electives: Acting Internships and Surgical Subspecialty Electives.
The philosophy for acting internships is to provide the student with the experiences of functioning as an intern under the supervision of the surgical faculty. The student will be an integral part of the team providing care for hospitalized patients of the Service, operating at the level of a PGY-1 Resident, with appropriate supervision by house staff and attending physicians.
The student's evaluation will be based upon faculty observation of performance with special regard to his or her fund of knowledge, clinical skills, technical abilities, decision making and judgment.
The students on the Surgical Subspecialty Elective Services will function as members of the Service and will be expected to participate in all activities of the Service as deemed appropriate by senior residents and attending staff. The student is expected to be an active participant in the operating room and participate in the postoperative care of all the patients during their rotation.
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