College of Medicine MD Curriculum

General Surgery - ProMedica Surgeons

Title of Clerkship: General Surgery

Elective Type: Third year elective

Department: Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: ProMedica Surgeons, 777 Kimole Lane, Suite 220 Adrian, MI 49221

Course Number: SURG 763

Blocks available: All

Number of students per block: 1 

Faculty: Dr. D Diep, Dr. K. Homer

Elective Description/Requirements:
This elective is an introduction to a wide variety of general surgery conditions.  Students will integrate into the team and learn how to take an accurate H&P on a surgical patient and formulate a diagnosis.  The students will also learn how to manage the pre and postoperative patient.The student will be integrated into the general surgery service and will be exposed to a wide variety of General Surgery conditions, including, but not limited to: cholecystitis, pancreatitis, colon disease, breast disease, hernias, appendicitis, and traumatic injuries. Teaching will be conducted in both an inpatient and outpatient setting.  Students will round on inpatients in the hospital, see patients in an ambulatory setting in clinic and participate in the operating room and endoscopy. AHEC credit is given for time spent on this rotation.

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Educational Course Objectives and Links to EPOs:

  1. Discuss the pathophysiology and treatment of common surgical problems. (EPOs: PC-5, PC-6, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7)
  2. Perform a complete surgical history and physical examination. (EPOs: PC-1, IPC-1, MK-1, MK-4, PC-6, PBL-2)
  3. Accurately present patient information including: condition, progress, and testing results. (EPOs: MK1, MK4, MK6, MK7, PC1, PC6, PC7)
  4. Implement a plan for diagnostic evaluation. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7, PC-6, PC-7)
  5. Write a complete and accurate daily progress note including interpretation of lab and radiology studies. (EPOs: MK1, MK4, MK6, MK7 PC6, PC7)
  6. Participate in surgical procedures respecting sterile technique and universal precautions. (EPOs: PC-5)

UT/COMLS students will meet or exceed the institutional standards for professionalism as stated in the current Core Competencies and the current Educational Course Objectives for the Sponsoring Department.

Instructional Methods:

  1. Ambulatory Care Experience
  2. Inpatient Care Experience
  3. Interpretation of lab data and radiological imaging studies
  4. Small group instruction
  5. Teaching rounds
  6. Program Departmental Conferences
  7. Direct patient interaction under faculty and/or resident supervision

Evaluation methods employed:

  1. Clinical competency evaluations
  2. Faculty/Resident observation
  3. Professional assessments
  4. Attendance
  5. Case write up

Prerequisites: Successful completion of years 1&2, passing USMLE Step 1, completion of Bridge Course

Clerkship Director: Stephanie Pannell, M.D.

Clerkship Coordinator: Claudia Davis
Phone Number: 419.383.3580

Special Requirements: Participation in night call is recommended because many cases come in after hours.  A call schedule may be arranged per individual faculty member. AHEC credit is given for time spent on this rotation.

ECC Approved
June 2023

Last Updated: 7/21/23