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Medical Education

Fourth Year Clerkship


The clerkship is the culmination of the required experience in Surgery, providing the student with the opportunity to apply the knowledge learned in the third year and gain additional experience in the direct clinical management of acutely ill surgical patients in a longitudinal fashion from presentation to discharge. This clerkship is focused on the "acute" patient from the emergency room to the intensive care unit. The student will actively participate on a surgical team working with faculty and other care providers. The educational experience will include supervised clinical experiences, didactic lectures, case based learning and self-study.


  • To master the required skills necessary to evaluate patients with surgical disease.
  • To develop skills needed to care for the "acute" patient.
  • To introduce to the student the function and responsibility of house officers involved in the care of surgical patients.
  • Demonstrate the attitudes and attributes that promote good patient relations and management. These include but are not limited to patient education, emotional support, rehabilitation, and ethical, legal and financial issues.