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Medical Student Electives: Acting Internship in Surgery

Acting Internship in Surgery

Brief Description

This elective provides training in the management of patients with a wide spectrum of surgical problems integrated on a single service. Surgical specialties represented include general surgery, head and neck, neurosurgery, orthopedic, pediatric, plastic, thoracic, urology, and vascular.


Students are provided with focused instruction on the pre- and postoperative management of surgical patients.

Learning Experience

The student assumes primary care of his patients on an integrated service. Utilizing the help and advice of residents and full-time attending staff, he admits and manages emergency and elective cases. The case load is designed to provide a broad surgical experience. Areas of particular interest to the student can be emphasized. This course is especially recommended during the first nine months of the elective period.


The student is directly supervised by the resident and attending staff throughout his/her assignment to the service. Assessment and treatment of patients are reviewed daily by a resident and attending surgeon. At the end of the rotation, the student will receive feedback from the course director.


The evaluation is provided by a synthesis of opinions of at least seven members of the faculty and senior resident level. No formal examination at the end of the course will be given.


Prior approval through the Office of Medical Education is required.  Given all year with exception of January, June and July. Maximum number of fourth year students per month: One. Housing is provided, with the exception of the months of June and July. Night call. A VEHICLE MAY BE NEEDED FOR THIS ELECTIVE. Conferences to be attended: Chief of Service Rounds, Surgical Grand Rounds, Surgical Case Presentation, Surgical Subspecialty Conference.


Members of the Attending Staff.