The Surgery Clerkship rotation is primarily an inpatient-based experience designed to familiarize the student with acute and elective surgical decision making processes. However, to the extent that much of the preoperative and postoperative management is now carried out in the outpatient setting, students will as well be expected to participate in this phase of care. A team of surgery house officers and at least one attending surgeon-preceptor will staff each general surgery service, on which medical students will rotate. These personnel will provide ample opportunities for “on the job” experience relative to the discipline of Medicine in general and surgery in particular. During the course of the general surgery rotation, you are to keep a concise log of all patients for whom you were given primarily responsibility. Specific data to be recorded are: primary diagnosis, whether management occurred on an inpatient or outpatient basis, operation (if any), and complications.
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