College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Surgical Oncology/Surgical Endocrinology

Title of Clerkship: Surgical Oncology/Surgical Endocrinology

Elective Type: Third Year Medical Student Elective

Department: Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: Toledo Hospital and Flower Hospital (optional)

Course Number: SURG 768

Blocks available: All

Number of students per block: 1

Faculty: Dr. L. Wharry and Dr. V. Kim

Elective Description/Requirements:
Students will be exposed to a broad range of inpatient, outpatient and operative management of Surgical Endocrinology and Surgical Oncology patients. Students will learn to perform surgically focused history and physical exams, present patients in clinic and on rounds, learn about selecting diagnostic studies. Students may participate by performing basic suturing and may assist in the operating room. This rotation is appropriate for both students who are interested in adult primary care or general surgery as career choices.

Students will be expected to give a 10-15 minute presentation based on a case or topic that interests them during the rotation.  Example, thyroid nodules, pancreatic cancer, retroperitoneal sarcoma, hyperparathyroidism, Multiple endocrine neoplasia, hyperthyroidism, goiter, adrenal nodules, liver masses etc.

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Educational Course Objectives and Links to EPOs:

  1. Discuss pathophysiology, treatment options, and management of common Endocrine Surgery and Surgical Oncology problems. (EPOs: PC-5, PC-6, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7)
  2. Perform a surgical history and physical examination with an endocrine /oncology focus. (EPOs: PC-1, IPC-1, MK-1, MK-4, PC-6, PBL-2)
  3. Describe a plan for diagnostic evaluation of common Endocrine Surgery / Surgical Oncology problems. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7, PC-7)
  4. Identify the pertinent normal and abnormal findings of history and physical, laboratory and diagnostic  testing. (EPOs: PC-5, PC-6, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7)
  5. Discuss therapeutic options and management of common Endocrine Surgery and Surgical Oncology diseases. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7, PC-6, PC-7)
  6. Participate in laparoscopic, robotic and open Endocrine Surgery and Surgical Oncology procedures. (EPOs: PC-5)
  7. Write a complete and accurate daily progress note including interpretation of results of laboratory and radiographic/imaging studies. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7, PC-6, PC-7)
  8. Present patient information concerning the patient’s condition, progress and results of laboratory and radiographic/imaging studies. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7, PC-1, PC-6, PC-7)
  9. Participate in neck or abdominal ultrasound. (EPOs: PC-5)
  10. Perform basic knot tying and suturing techniques. (EPOs: PC-5)

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

Instructional Methods:

  1. Interpretation of lab data
  2. Diagnostic tests/use and interpretation
  3. Small group discussion
  4. Case studies
  5. Ambulatory care experience
  6. Grand Rounds
  7. Teaching Rounds
  8. Residency program/department conferences

Evaluation Methods Employed:

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

Prerequisites: None

Clerkship Director: Stephanie Pannell, M.D.

Clerkship Coordinator: Claudia Davis
Phone Number: 419.383.3580

Special Requirements: Participation in one weekend rounding day is required. Participation in at least 8 hours of clinic per week is recommended (one with Dr. Wharry, One with Dr. Kim)

ECC Approved
March 2023

Last Updated: 7/15/24