The Third Year Clerkship in Surgery

Orientation time: 7:00AM

Welcome to the third year clerkship, consisting of five weeks on the General Surgery service, at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. Ms. Doris Leddy is the Clerkship Coordinator. Her office is MH7-307 G.S. 212-305-9596, and her e-mail address is

Dr. Roman Nowygrod is the Surgery Clerkship Director. His email is:

They are available by appointment or on the fly.

Enclosed in your syllabus is a daily schedule of your activities and obligations.

There are didactic sessions with the faculty addressing Curriculum topics. The Curriculum topics are derived from the required textbook: Essentials of General Surgery by Peter F. Lawrence, 4th edition. You should prepare yourself by reading the appropriate chapter from your textbook in advance of the talks.

Required Reading

Your main source for your reading should be:

  • COACH — Comprehensive Online Advanced Care Heuristic (
    COACH is a Web-based learning resource developed by Dr. James Lee (Endocrine Surgery) that contains many valuable procedure videos, care manuals, and departmental conferences and lectures including Grand Rounds and Evidence-Based Algorithm presentations. If you are unable to complete your mandatory surgical procedures, you can use one COACH video as a substitute.
  • Essentials of General Surgery by Peter F. Lawrence, Sixth Edition
    This will be loaned to you during your rotation
  • National Medical Series (NMS) Surgery Casebook by Bruce E. Jarrell
    Very helpful for studying for the CSE
  • – a standard resource for all medical professionals
  • Scientific American Surgery
    This is a higher level surgery text used commonly by residents; it is more detailed and technical than Essentials but also more thorough.
    It is available via the StatRef!
    It is in PDF format – great for on-the-go study.

Additional recommended resources include:

  • Kaplan Medical USMLE Step 2 CK QBook (Surgery Section), 2011
  • Cope's Early Diagnosis of the Acute Abdomen by William Silen 20th Edition.
  • The Mont Reid Surgical Handbook by David R. Fischer & Burnett S. Kelly, Jr. 5th Edition.
  • Surgical Recall by Lorne H. Blackbourne, Sixth Edition
  • Surgical Attending Rounds by Cornelius M. Dyke & Eric J. DeMaria, Third Edition
  • Landmark Books listing under Surgery