Each year we look forward to introducing third-year medical students to the art and science of surgery, in all of its disciplines, during the required, eight-week Surgery Clerkship. The clerkship's goal is not to make surgeons, but rather to educate all students to recognize surgical emergencies and to stabilize such patients until a surgical consult can be obtained. To this end, we provide inpatient opportunities in general surgery, orthopedic surgery and urology in a unique collaboration with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and the Department of Urology.
Our clerkship directors have obtained advanced degrees in education and are Masters in Health Professions Education. We have a full-time clerkship coordinator to organize the daily running of the clerkship. We have over 240 faculty members who precept students. We continually tweak the clerkship's structure and content based on the feedback that we receive from our students and based on what we find in the education literature.