Surgery Clerkship Introduction

The major goal of the surgery clerkship is to assure that all students acquire the skills and knowledge that all physicians need to know in order to manage patients with a number of conditions commonly treated by surgeons.

The 10-week clerkship in Surgery at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine is designed to give the student a broad exposure to surgery as well as an understanding of the medicine of surgery. During the course of the rotation, the student will be expected to focus on several areas of study which will include basic principles of peri-operative management of the patient with a surgical problem. An awareness of the nature and management of surgical disease is developed by case oriented small group sessions, rounds and weekly conferences. This rotation will not serve as a comprehensive course in surgery, but rather as a foundation for how surgery integrates into the overall care of patients.

The clerkship is ten weeks long. The first two days of the rotation will be devoted to overall orientation to the clerkship and in the final week two days of the rotation will be devoted to evaluation. Of the remaining weeks, students will spend two weeks with a general surgical team and one week on the Critical Care/Trauma Service where they will have an opportunity to participate in the care of injured and critically ill patients. Students will then be able to select from several two-week options to complete the surgery clerkship. For this period students will participate on surgical subspecialty services. Options include Colorectal, ENT, Vascular, Cardiothoracic, Orthopedics, Plastic Surgery, Urology, Neurosurgery.

During the clerkship, students will not spend on average more than eighty hours per week in required clinical and educational activities. Required activities include, but are not limited to, interactive core teaching conferences, simulation sessions, hospital rounds and activities, out-patient clinic attendance and attendance at examinations. Required activities do not include personal study time or optional educational experiences.




At the conclusion of this rotation, all students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an adequate knowledge of surgical diseases by passing the NBME Surgical Shelf Examination.
  2. Demonstrate adequate clinical reasoning by successfully passing the Standardized Patient Examination.
  3. Display professional behavior and function effectively as a member of a health care team.

Jessica Davis
Surgery Clerkship Coordinator
Surgery Clerkship and Centralized Mock Page Program
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Phone: 217-545-8861
Fax: 217-545-8971
Email: Jessica Davis