Surgical Clerkship in the Department of Surgery

Goals and Objectives

Surgery Clerkship Goals and Objectives

Department of Surgery
Goals and Objectives for VMS 3 Students on the Surgery Rotation
I.                Knowledge
Goal: The student will develop an in-depth knowledge of the diseases in patients who require surgical evaluation. The department of Surgery is primarily responsible for these VC3 topics: abdominal pain, trauma, critical care, and breast disease.
Demonstration of Knowledge
·       Bedside rounds
·       Small group discussions
·       Assigned talks
·       Write-ups with integration of reading
·       Assigned lectures
·       SHELF exam
·       Oral exam
Support Tools
·       Reading topics
·       Weekly core lectures
·       Modules, lecture handouts on KnowledgeMap
·       Digital library resources (Access Medicine, UptoDate)
·       Clerkship books for purchase
·       Conferences- Grand Rounds; Morbidity, Mortality, and Improvement Conference; weekly division-specific conferences
II.              Skills for Diagnosis and Management of Patients
Goal: The student will be an integral part of the surgical team providing clinical care to the patient.
Demonstration of Skills for Diagnosis and Management of Patients
·       Direct observation of history and physical examination skills by faculty
·       Submission of writer-ups of new patient history and physical examinations
·       Progress notes
·       Procedure skills in the operating room
·       Bedside rounds with team residents and attending
·       Suture skills during intersession
III.            Accessing Information (System-based practice)
Goal: The student will be able to retrieve and integrate biomedical information into patient care.
Demonstration of Accessing Information
·       Write-ups, progress notes
·       Discussion on rounds, conferences, and lectures
·       Assigned tasks
Support Tools
·       Digital library resources
·       Evidence based medicine/information retrieval workshop
IV.            Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Goal: The student will gain skills in reflecting upon clinical encounters in order to best organize the patient’s clinical information and to generate a treatment plan.
Demonstration of Learning
·       Active questions and participation in team and small group discussions
·       Writer-ups
·       Bedside presentations
Support Tools
·       Interactive daily rounds
·       Small group sessions
·       Feedback on write-ups
V.              Communication Skills
Goal: The student will develop a bond with his/her patient.
Demonstration of Communication Skills
·       Daily bedside progress presentations
·       Writer-ups and progress notes
·       Autonomy with patients
Support Tools
·       Feedback on bedside presentations
·       Feedback on write-ups
VI.            Professionalism
Goal: The student will interact professionally with patients, families, and all health care providers functioning as an advocate for the patient’s needs.
Demonstration of Professionalism
·       Bedside interaction with patients and families
·       Direct communication with consultants
Support Tools
·       Primary provider of the patient
·       Feedback sessions with team

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