UVA Surgery has a long and distinguished national reputation as a premier academic surgical training program. We anticipate that our surgical clerkship will provide third-year medical students with an exciting and beneficial learning experience. Students will be challenged, but their efforts will be rewarded with a memorable and invaluable experience—one that will serve them well, regardless of their eventual field of medical practice.
The surgical curriculum is a combination of didactic and clinical teaching. However the greatest opportunities for learning surgery take place in the operating room, the clinic and at the bedside. We strongly encourage students to consider these clinical activities a priority. Important learning opportunities include Morning Report, Student Lecture Series, Mortality and Morbidity Conference and Surgery Grand Rounds (on Wednesdays beginning at 6.00 am). There are also many rotation specific conferences and you should obtain a schedule of these from the chief at the beginning of each rotation. The curriculum details are summarized by service-specific rotations in the Student Handbook.
The educational goals of the surgery clerkship are to provide all third year medical students with an exposure to common surgical problems, develop basic clinical decision-making skills in this patient population, provide opportunities for students to demonstrate technical skills appropriate for their level, and provide students an experience that allows them to evaluate surgery as a future career choice.
Please visit our Surgery Clerkship Site on Med-Ed for more information →