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Training Program

Surgery Component Knot Tying
The Surgery Component of your rotation is an eight-week introduction to the diagnosis and management of surgical diseases as well as an opportunity to gain exposure to the exciting world of General surgery and various surgical specialties. It will serve as a starting point for decisions about careers in the surgical disciplines. In general, the goals of the course include:
  • To aquire a solid fund of knowledge about surgical diseases and their management
  • To learn to recognize clinical situations mandating surgical intervention
  • To clarify the surgeon's role as a consultant in the identification and management of nonsurgical conditions

The course is directed by Joshua I.S. Bleier, MD and Steven R. Allen, MD and is administered by the various faculty (site) coordinators on the individual rotations to which the students are assigned. The coordinators are responsible for implementing the individual education programs on their services and for integrating them with the course-wide Problem Based Learning Curriculum and the didactic sessions at HUP.

Gowning and Gloving Orientation

Site/Rotation Assignment Process
All students are to submit their site/rotation requests through Oasis in the University of Pennsylvania Medical School no later than six weeks before the start of the course. Late Requests will not be accepted. You must rank the rotations from 1 (highest preference) subsequently to the lowest preference. The Clerkship Director makes the final decisions regarding rotation assignments. When the requests for rotations exceed the number of slots, a lottery (only including those students who made the rotation their first choice) will determine which student(s) will fill that slot.  Final assignments will be made available one week before the start of the rotation on the Surgery Education website.

Specific Goals
At the end of the surgery clerkship, students are expected to be able to :

  • Perform complete, accurate histories and physical examinations on adult surgical patients and focused histories and exams when appropriate.
  • Recognize pertinent positive and negative history and exam findings.
  • Interpret laboratory, diagnostic and radiological tests associated with common surgical diseases .
  • Formulate from the history, physical exam, and patient studies, a differential diagnosis and develop an initial plan for further patient evaluation and treatment.
  • Have a basic knowledge of common surgical diseases and patient presentations through patient interactions, tutorials, and conferences.
  • Develop skills in routine technical procedures necessary for taking care of adult surgical patients.
  • Develop skills in problem solving through the experience of attending rounds, office hours and time spent in the operating room.
  • Demonstrate medical communication skills by performing satisfactory oral presentations and patient case write-ups.
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills necessary to maintain professionalism.
  • Actively participate as a member of the health care team.

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