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Surgery Elective Course Description

Course Name: Thoracic Surgery
Course Number: SU-465 
Elective Type: A
Coordinator(s): Mark Maxfield, MD

Contact: Marilyn Lavergne
Department: Surgery
Sites Available: UMMHC-Memorial Campus
Months Offered: E1 - M10
Number of Students / Month: 1
Prerequisites: 4th year medical student
Elective Description: Clinical exposure to patients with pulmonary, esophageal, pleural and mediastinal disease in both inpatient (tertiary-care academic medical center: inpatient ward / operating room / intensive care units) and outpatient settings (pre-operative and post-operative ambulatory clinics / multi-disciplinary clinics with medical and radiation oncology). Yes, there are direct patient care responsibilities as part of the surgical team. NIGHT / WEEKEND CALL - optional; recommend 1 night in 4 – NOT in-house call.

OBJECTIVES: Assessment (diagnostic workup) and treatment planning for thoracic diseases:
1. Lung cancer
2. Esophageal cancer
3. Benign esophageal disease – strictures, reflux, etc.
4. Pleural disease – benign & malignant
5. Chest wall lesions – benign & malignant
6. Mediastinal masses

Assisting / observing in operating rooms for minor and major surgical cases; development of basic surgical skills.

Note: NA
Location:   UMMHC-Memorial Campus, 119 Belmont Street, Worcester, MA  01605