College of Medicine MD Curriculum

Colorectal Surgery

Title of Clerkship: Colorectal Surgery

Elective Type: 4 week elective

Department: Surgery

Type of Elective: Clinical

Clerkship Site: Trinity Health, Ann Arbor, MI

Course Number: SURG 736

Blocks available: All

Number of students per block: 1 per service

Faculty: Dr. Melissa Chang, Dr. Robert Cleary, Dr. John Eggenberger, Dr. Amanda McClure

Elective Description/Requirements:
Students will be integrated onto the colorectal service as an integral member of the surgical team, participating in all aspects of patient management, both inpatient and outpatient. Students will be expected to complete an accurate H&P, attend rounds and accurately present patients, manage the pre and postoperative patient. Students will also participate in endoscopic procedures and learn the management of those patients.

Length of Clerkship: 4 weeks

Educational Course Objectives and Links to EPOs:

  1. Discuss common colorectal surgical problems. (EPOs: PC-5, PC-6, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7)
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in performing a complete surgical history and physical examination. (EPOs: PC-1, PC-2, PC-3, PC-4)
  3. Implement 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 therapeutic options. (EPOs: MK-1, MK-4, MK-6, MK-7, MK-6)
  6. Assist in less complex colorectal 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. Perform suturing and laparoscopic procedure techniques. (EPOs: PC-5)
  9. Accurately present patient information concerning the patient’s condition, progress and results of laboratory and radiographic/imaging studies. (EPOs: MK-7, PC-1, PC-3, PC-6, IPC-1, IPC-2)

Professionalism: 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. 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 Employed:

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

Prerequisites: Successful completion of required Surgery clerkship.  Students must apply and be accepted by completing the application form.

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.

ECC Approved
July 2023

Last Updated: 9/11/23