This is a six-week experience that combines experiences in the OR, inpatient surgical wards, and surgical ambulatory clinics. Students participate in the pre-operative, operative and post-operative care of ambulatory and hospitalized surgical patients. Students will complete the rotation at one of the following sites: Saint Barnabas Hospital Health System (Bronx, NY), Staten Island University Hospital (Staten Island, NY).


Surgery Clerkship Learning Objectives:

  • Obtain an accurate medical history on patients with surgical illnesses

  • Perform an accurate physical examination on patients with surgical illnesses

  • Identify appropriate diagnostic tests and procedures in the evaluation of patients with surgical illnesses.

  • Use the data from the medical interview and physical examination as well as supporting evidence to formulate a differential diagnosis for patients with surgical illnesses

  • Complete a write up that includes clinical information from the medical interview and physical examination, a differential diagnosis, and appropriate initial treatment plan for a patient with a surgical illness.

  • Identify an appropriate approach to evaluating, diagnosing and treating adult patients with surgical conditions

  • Engage in self-directed learning

  • Respond appropriately to feedback

  • Prepare effective patient write-ups

  • Deliver effective oral presentations

  • Work effectively and collaboratively with other members of the health care team

  • Communicate effectively and respectfully with patients and their families across a broad range of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds

  • Demonstrate respect and compassion in the care of all patients

  • Demonstrate honesty and integrity in all professional activities

  • Describe the resources in the health care setting and in the community that would provide optimal care for patients

  • Recognize approaches to collaborative and team-based care for patients

  • Recognize the impact of social determinants of health on an individual patient