Surgery * Elective Course Description

Course Name:General Surgery (Subinternship)
Course Number:SU-401
Elective Type:A
Coordinator(s):

Mitchell Cahan, M.D. (University Campus)
John Kelly, M.D. (Memorial Campus)

Contact: Christine Vigeant  Christine.Vigeant@umassmed.edu

Department:Surgery
Sites Available:UMMHC-University & Memorial Campus
Months Offered:May through April
Number of Students / Month:1-2
Prerequisites:4th year medical student 


Elective Description:
After the completion of this 4 week elective the student will:

  1. Gain understanding of surgical disease that impacts a variety of organ systems including gastrointestinal, soft tissue, endocrine, etc. The focus of the elective will be dependent on site: Memorial Campus will focus on minimally invasive, general, and bariatric surgery; University Campus will focus on minimally invasive, general, and head and neck surgery.
  2. Learn the important aspects of the medical history and proper physical examination including the abdominal exam as it pertains to acute illness within the peritoneal cavity.
  3. Learn diagnostic algorithms, which diagnostic tools to employ, and their indications and contraindications. Specific tests include ultrasound, CT scan, endoscopy, MRI, diagnostic laparoscopy and/or therapeutic laparotomy.
  4. Students will be directly involved with the operative management and post-operative care of those conditions so treated.
Note: NA

Location: UMMHC-University & Memorial Campus

Website: http://www.umassmed.edu/surgery/