All students are expected to master the following medical topics by the end of their clerkship. Students acquire the majority of this knowledge through self-directed reading, building on a framework provided by attending physicians and housestaff via lectures and case studies.

  • Acute Abdomen
  • Appendix
  • Benign Perianal Disease
  • Biliary Disease
  • Breast Disease
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Critical Care in Surgery
  • Diverticular Disease
  • Esophageal Disease
  • Fluid and Electrolytes and Acid-Base Balance
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Obstruction
  • Liver and Portal Hypertension
  • Pancreas
  • Postoperative Care
  • Obstructive Jaundice
  • Skin and Soft Tissue
  • Spleen
  • Stomach and Duodenum
  • Surgical Infection
  • Surgical Nutrition
  • Thyroid and Parathyroid Disease
  • Trauma
  • Wound Healing and Wound Care

Operations and Procedures

To See (Operations)

  • Amputation
  • Appendectomy
  • Axillary dissection
  • Biopsy of breast and other masses and spot localization
  • Central venous access
    • triple lumen catheter
    • Broviac, Hickman, or Portocath
  • Chest tube insertion
  • Cholecystectomy
    • laporascopic
    • open
  • Colectomy
  • Diagnostic peritoneal lavage
  • Esophagectomy
  • Gastrectomy
  • Herniorrhaphy
    • inguinal
    • ventral/incisional
  • Lysis of adhesions for small bowel obstruction
  • Mastectomy
    • without reconstruction
    • with reconstruction
  • Nissen fundoplication
  • Splenectomy
  • Stoma creation

To Do (Procedures)

  • Applying an Ace bandage
  • Changing a dressing
    • wet-to-dry
    • open abdominal wound
  • Drawing arterial blood
  • Drawing blood from a peripheral vein
  • Inserting a central line
  • Inserting a Foley catheter
    • in a man
    • in a woman
  • Inserting an NG tube
  • Jackson-Pratt drains
    • management
    • removal
  • Performing an EKG
  • Putting on a Unna boot
  • Starting a peripheral IV
  • Suturing a skin laceration
  • Tying simple knots in patient sutures
    • one-handed
    • two-handed
  • Writing notes
    • admission
    • daily
    • operative
    • post-operative
  • Writing orders
    • admission
    • post-operative