At the end of this clerkship, students will be able to demonstrate competencies in the basic knowledge, skills and attitudes of an effective clinician in evaluating and caring for surgical problems.
- List the pathophysiology of general surgical disorders.
- List the different therapeutic modalities for these disorders.
- Identify possible surgical complications of general surgical procedures, their clinical presentation, laboratory work-up, and appropriate treatment.
- Take a history and perform a physical exam on patients who are prospects for surgery.
- Assemble the necessary data and information necessary for evaluation of patients for routine surgery.
- Identify common general surgical problems in the inpatient and the ambulatory setting.
- Selectively order and interpret specific diagnostic studies in the general surgical patient.
- Develop skills necessary for pre and postoperative care of the surgical patient.
- Describe the technical steps in the surgical procedures you attend.
- Resuscitate and care for trauma and critically ill patients.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
- Document data, assessment and plans in the patient's record, for example, admission and progress notes, pre and postoperative orders.
- Communicate effectively with other health care professionals, attending physicians, residents, physician assistants, nurses and other students.
- Communicate effectively with patients and their relatives.
- Present surgical patients during teaching rounds.
- Develop and demonstrate professionalism through compassion for patients, personal integrity and responsibility.
Practice Based Learning
- Apply acquired knowledge to formulate a therapeutic option for patients.
- Display intellectual curiosity and willingness to examine assumptions.
- Base clinical judgment on scientific evidence published and documented in the medical literature.
Systems Based Practice
- Demonstrate the ability to work as an integral part of a team and interact with other health care professionals other members of the health care team.
Venues and Materials to Help Students Achieve These Objectives
- Surgical office visits: Students will evaluate patients under the supervision of attending physicians and residents.
- Inpatient service: Attending physicians and residents will supervise care of pre and postoperative patients.
- Conferences: Students will participate in discussions of patients who are presented in conferences:
- Preceptor sessions.
- Didactic lectures.
- Emergency room and consult calls.
- Textbooks and handouts.