During this 8 week clinical Surgical clerkship, you
will focus your complete attention on the science and art of surgery. It will be
a demanding and time consuming period in your clinical training, but one that
can successfully prepare you for the practice of medicine in the years to come,
regardless of your ultimate career goals. This clerkship demands interaction
between the student, faculty and resident housestaff, and an understanding of
the responsibilities each must fulfill if the objective of excellence is to be
met. This manual will help define the goals and objectives of the junior medical
student CORE Surgery Clerkship, the responsibilities of the student, and the
responsibilities of the Department of Surgery towards the attainment of this
The student will at all times reflect a proper professional decorum when working
in the hospital. Men are expected to wear shirts and ties and appropriate
trousers, and women must maintain a modest and professional appearance. Scrub
suits may be worn but must be covered by a clean white lab coat. Name tags, in
the from of student ID badges, are to be worn at all times.
While on the floors the student will maintain a concerned and professional
demeanor while dealing with patients, family members, and other members of the
health care team.
The Department of Surgery expects each student to be punctual for all scheduled
meetings, conferences, operating room responsibilities, and rounds. Schedules
will vary by service and institution. The student will be informed of his/her
schedule on the first day of the clerkship.
Each student is expected to fulfill all call days to which he/she is assigned
and to remain on the floor each day until he/she is dismissed. Each institution
will construct its own call schedule; in no instance should night call exceed
one in four nights. Students will be exempt from call and hospital duties on all
applicable student holidays.
Student, Patient and Faculty Relationships:
Each student must see the patient as an individual and act with compassion,
kindness and respect at all times. The patient's privacy and their dignity must
be protected, not only in the physical sense, but in all matters pertaining to
illness, treatment and prognosis. Any discussions regarding the patient's
problem, whether with the patient or his family, must be done with the Senior
Resident's or Attending's knowledge and permission.
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OR Scrub Attire
Please note the following mandated by state
- Absolutely no jewelry is allowed in the operating
- When leaving the operating room area, your scrubs
must be covered by a full length lab coat.
- No hats or shoe covers are to be worn outside the
- No scrubs may be worn to and from work.
- No scrubs are to be worn outside of the
hospital. This includes the outpatient clinics, medical school, or Hines-VA
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Special Request for
Leave of Absence
Students rotating on the surgical clerkship have been
given the privilege of functioning as members of the surgical team. With this
privilege goes the responsibility to carry out assigned duties as determined by
the Chief Resident and the Attending Service Chief. Arbitrary time off during
this experience is not permitted. For academic purposes (student presenting
original work at a meeting) or in "exceptional" family circumstances, requests
must be made at the time rotation choices
are submitted to the Office of Education and prior to commencement of the
clerkship. The procedure is as follows:
- Send a letter requesting the time interval with
supporting documentation (meeting brochure if presenting or an invitation to
event for an "exceptional" circumstance.)
- The Surgical Course Director will need to review
and approve the time off. This discussion may take place with the Attending
- Time off exceeding three days requires approval
through the Dean's office.
- If approved, the information will be forwarded to
Terry Wronski for the student's permanent file.
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