College of Medicine MD Curriculum

General Surgery Acting InterNship ProMedica

Title of Clerkship: General Surgery

Elective Year(s): Fourth-Year Elective

Department: Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: The Toledo Hospital

Course Number: SURG 732

Blocks Available: All

Number of Students/Block: 1 student

Faculty: Dr. Joseph Sferra, Dr. John Stengle, Dr. Albert Tsang

Elective Description/Requirements: Students will be integrated into the service as a member of the surgical team and function as an intern on the service under the supervision of faculty and resident staff.  Students will participate in all aspects of patient management, both inpatient and outpatient. Attend daily rounds, participate in the OR, and see patients in the clinic/outpatient setting.  Students will be required to perform 3 H&P’s and 3 discharge summaries

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Links to Core Competencies/Educational Course Objectives: At the end of this elective, the student will be able to:

  1. Discuss common surgical problems. (EPOs: PC-7, PC-8, MK-4, MK-7)
  2. Independently perform a complete surgical history and physical examination. (EPOs: PC-1, PC-2, PC-3, PC-4)
  3. Implementing a plan for diagnostic evaluation. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7, PC-6)
  4. Interpret the significance of the history and physical and laboratory and diagnostic findings to formulate a differential diagnosis. (EPOs: IPC-1, IPC-2, PC-1, PC-3)
  5. Discuss basic understanding of therapeutic options. (EPOs: PC-5, PC-6, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7)
  6. Perform basic operative skills necessary to perform less complex procedures. (EPOs: PC-5)
  7. Write a complete and accurate daily progress note including interpretation of results of laboratory and radiographic/imaging studies. (EPOs: IPC-1, IPC-2, PC-1, PC-3)
  8. Assist in wound care and common general surgery procedures. (EPOs: PC-5)
  9. Perform basic suture and basic laparoscopic procedure techniques. (EPOs: PC-5)
  10. Accurately present patient information concerning the patient’s condition, progress and results of laboratory and radiographic/imaging studies. (EPOs: PC-1, PC-3, IPC-1, IPC-2, PC-6, MK-7)

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

Instructional Methods:

  1. Interpretation of lab data
  2. Diagnostic tests-use/interpretation
  3. Small group instruction
  4. Case studies
  5. Ambulatory care experience
  6. Grand rounds
  7. Teaching rounds
  8. Residency program/departmental conferences

Evaluation Methods:

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of required Surgery Clerkship

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 will be arranged per individual faculty member.

ECC Approved
February 2024

Last Updated: 3/7/24