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DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY
VASCULAR AND CARDIOTHORACIC SURGERY CLERKSHIP

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS ROTATING ON SERVICE AT ONCE.  Two (2).

LENGTH OF ROTATIONS.  Two (2) to four (4) weeks.

WILL TAKE STUDENTS FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY?  Yes.

LEVEL OF STUDENTS ACCEPTED  USUHS second year and for other medical schools last half of third year or first half of fourth year.

TIME OF YEAR OFFERRED.  Flexible start dates throughout the year, excluding December.

PRIOR APPROVAL (FROM DEPARTMENT REQUIRED) AND ELIGIBILITY.

  • Yes.
  • Offered primarily to medical students with an Army obligation (HPSP and USUHS).
  • Not offered to civilian students.
  • HPSP student will apply using the Clerkship Application form.
  • USUHS fourth year students will apply using USUHS Form No. 1304.
  • The Student Coordinator will obtain permission from the appropriate clerkship official upon receipt of the application/form and will then inform the student of approval/disapproval via e-mail.

OBJECTIVES/DESCRIPTION OF CLERKSHIP.

  • This clinical clerkship is associated with the General Surgery Residency and will involve direct participation as part of a General Surgery team with emphasis in Vascular Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery.
  • While on this rotation, the student will experience the full breadth and challenge of caring for patients with various clinical problems related to vascular surgery and cardiothoracic surgery.
    • The emphasis is on learning how to conduct an appropriate and directed pertinent surgical history and physical examination.
    • Diagnosis and management will be discussed and reviewed. Student should gain understanding of when should a Vascular or Cardiac Specialist be involved in the care of a patient and what can the Vascular or Cardiac Specialist offer to the individual patient.
    • Active participation is expected in the OR, where the student will be exposed to vascular surgical principles and techniques.
    • Will assist in the postoperative care of vascular patients. The student will present patients to the staff Vascular Surgeon during clinic and during inpatient rounds.

FREQUENCY OF CALL.

  • Each student will take Surgery call every fourth night as part of a general surgery resident team of variable composition, but which usually consists of an intern and a junior resident and a senior resident in house with a Vascular Surgery and Cardiothoracic Surgery staff on home-call.
  • The student will have at least one 24 hours period free of any clinical responsibility once a week.

REQUIRED READINGS.  Each student is expected to read, from a recognized Vascular Surgery textbook, on the disease process of those patients seen in clinic, those scheduled for elective surgery, and those admitted to the service through the ER.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS.

  • Each student is expected to attend all General Surgery conferences, to include morning report, rounds, lectures, and Journal Club.
  • The student will give one 10-minute presentation on a selected topic.

HOW ARE STUDENTS EVALUATED?  The student will be evaluated based on their performance in clinic, the ward, the OR and the 10-minute presentations.


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