Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties Clerkship

Contact:    Rebecca Bellini, Student Education Coordinator, MSIII and MSIV
Location:   SUNY Upstate Medical University
                Department of Surgery, Room 8602
                750 E. Adams Street, Syracuse, New York 13210

Phone:      315 464-6248

The goal of the Surgery Clerkship is to introduce students to the medical management of surgical disease and the principals of caring for the surgical patient. The course is designed to enable students to recognize problems of a surgical nature, to understand the relevant pathophysiology, and to give some familiarity with the risks and benefits involved with surgical therapy.

Students will be expected to participate, as part of the team, in all contributions to the management of patient care.     
Daily rounds - writing progress notes, assisting in the admission of new patients, and writing student orders.
Clinic - performing history and physical exams, assisting with initial patient evaluations, and participating in pre and post operative evaluations discussions. 
Operating Room - under the supervision of an approved instructor, students will be expected to assist in surgical procedures, as well as contribute to the patient’s pre and post operative evaluation phases.

Additionally, core didactic sessions are required through Wise MD Case and Skills Modules and core Sub-Specialty lectures that include “Intro. to Anesthesia,” “ Intro. to Orthopedics,” “Intro. to Otolaryngology,” and “Intro. to Urology.”

For the 2016/17 AY, Surgery and Emergency Medicine Clerkships are combining time to create a 10 week longitudinal clerkship block.  **Both clerkships are still considered independent with their own grading systems, requirements, and objectives.
2016/17 AY Schedule:

Surgery – 7 weeks in duration

One three week block of General Surgery services
Depending on site location, the following General Surgery services may be offered:

  • Acute Care Surgery,
  • Advanced Laparoscopy,
  • Cardiothoracic
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology (Breast, Thyroid, Pancreas, Liver, Colorectal)
  • Trauma,
  • Vascular
  • As well as general surgery services at affiliated sites including Community General Hospital and the VA Hospital

Two, two week Surgical Specialty and/or Sub-Specialty blocks
Depending on site location, the following Surgical Specialties or Sub-Specialties services may be offered:

  • Burns,
  • ER consult
  • SICU
  • Transplant
  • Anesthesiology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Urology

EM – 3 weeks in duration
One three week block of EM