Third-Year Surgical Clerkship and Fourth-Year Surgical Elective

The junior year surgical clerkship at UAB/Huntsville Campus has been popular amongst UAB medical students for several years.  The surgical clerkship has been highly praised for its educational value, faculty responsiveness to student needs, quality of faculty teaching, patient exposure and the overall pleasant nature of the clinical experience.  The division director and clinical faculty hope to maintain the positive program and to further improve the educational experience:
  • The program model is a community-based one-on-one physician-student experience.
  • There are opportunities for the student to scrub surgical cases with a variety of surgical specialists other than their assigned attending surgeon mentor during otherwise unoccupied time periods.
  • The hospital surgical service is composed of the junior student clinical clerks, all the patients assigned to them by their part-time clinical faculty physicians and the patients of the surgical division director.
  • The composition of your eight-week rotation will be as follows:
      • Four weeks spent on a general surgery service
      • Two weeks spent on the Trauma Service
      • Two weeks spent on one of seven surgical subspecialties
  • The student will accompany his/her attending surgeon to his/her private office and to the operating room. Certain surgical cases will be assigned for complete work-up and for the student to follow throughout the course of hospitalization.
  • The student will keep a log of the patients' diagnosis and operative procedure performed using the E-Value web-based system. The patient log and E-Value evaluations of the surgery clerkship and faculty must be completed by the end of the rotation. You will not be allowed to take the NBME exam without proof of completion. It is recommended that you update your log at least weekly.
  • Teaching conferences and discussion periods are regularly scheduled.
  • Assigned reading from surgical textbooks conforms to the objectives of the rotation and is expected to be accomplished by all students.
  • Review of patient problems using surgical journal research is also encouraged and expected. Journal articles are to be reviewed for content, format and educational value, and for critique of research and clinical study design and conclusions.
  • Evaluations and grading will be based on assessment by the preceptor and other members of the faculty, performance and participation in the Case Conference, completion of the skills course, and final examination.
  • The senior student on general surgery elective will have curriculum developed independently which meets the specific needs and objectives of the student and will be organized as approved by the Surgery Division Director.  Instruction for both junior clerk and the senior on elective will have special emphasis on the following:
      • The broad field of general surgery and preoperative patient care.
      • Diagnosis, evaluation and surgical management of disorders of the breast, gastrointestinal, endocrine, vascular and pulmonary systems, traumatic injury and complications.
      • Asepsis, basic surgical principles, surgical infections and treatment thereof.


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