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Surgery Clerkships

The surgery clerkship is an eight-week rotation during the third year of medical school. Students spend four weeks on the general surgery service, two weeks on a specialty service, and two weeks on a sub-specialty service. During this rotation, two shifts of weekend call with the Acute Care /Trauma Surgery team is required.

This clerkship will teach students about the role of surgical teams in the care of a hospitalized patient. Students will develop an understanding of common surgical diseases and emphasis will be placed on learning manual skills such as suturing and knot tying.

At this point in medical education, learning about surgical diseases and the principles of surgical biology are essential. Therefore, medical students are expected to participate in the following:

  • Medical Student Lectures: These lectures are based on reading assignments in Essentials of General Surgery, 5th Edition, edited by Peter F. Lawrence.
  • Director Conferences
  • Surgical Grand Rounds

UAB School of Medicine students should consult the course catalog for more information.


Course Director:

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Jessica Fazendin, M.D.
Director, Medical Student Surgery Clerkship
Assistant Professor, Division of Breast and Endocrine Surgery


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Associate Clerkship Directors:

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Assistant Professor, Division of Breast and Endocrine Surgery


Mustian MargauxMargaux Mustian, M.D.
Instructor, Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Resident Assistant Directors:

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General Surgery Resident



Adam Lucy, M.D.
General Surgery Resident


Acting Internships

To qualify for an acting internship, students must have successfully completed the core internal medicine and surgery clerkships. For more information, consult the UAB School of Medicine course catalog.