The Surgical Clerkship is an eight-week program in three clinical campuses, Macon, Savannah, and Columbus. The three programs are quite separate, but are identical in content.
The objective of the clerkship is to provide a broad clinical exposure in a variety of clinical arenas to teach the clinical surgical clerks the principles of surgical disease, its recognition and plans of management. The clinical settings include classroom activities, outpatient clinical patient exposure, the operating room, the recovery room, the intensive care unit and the wards. It is expected that the surgical clerks will learn about the recognition of disease that a primary care physician would learn to recognize, so that the appropriate surgical consultation may be made.
The organization of the clerkship provides outpatient and inpatient exposure, intra-operative experience, post-operative care, and pre-operative diagnostic algorhythms surgical decision making.
The clinical clerks are expected to log their patient encounter into New Innovations. These will be printed by the coordinator on a weekly basis and reviewed by the director. The clerks will turn in a history and physicals and/or SOAP note to the coordinator every Monday to be reviewed by the Clerkship Director. The Director will give feedback if the history and physicals are not written adequately. The clerks are expected to be an integral part of the surgical team to which they have been assigned, they will report to the intern resident and follow them closely. A limited night call experience is expected 5 to 6 times in a two-month period.
The clerks must attend all post-graduate conferences and attend all didactic sessions that are provided for them. The didactic sessions are taught by attending surgeons and the resident staff from the Department of Surgery. There are also didactic, interactive discussions provided by surgical specialists in the areas of neurosurgery, orthopedics, and urology.
The clerks are expected to be professional, compassionate, and altruistic with an appropriate attitude, all of which are carefully observed.
Campus Specific Clerkship Manuals (2016-2017)
Course materials can be found within the Blackboard Learning Management System.