The department of surgery currently offers two electives for first- and second-year medical students on the Lexington campus. These courses offer students an opportunity for exposure to the operating room and early career exploration. Requirements to pass are intentionally kept light as electives should not interfere with mandatory College of Medicine coursework.


Elective in Minimally Invasive Surgery (Dr. J. Scott Roth)

For more information about the MIS elective, e-mail Michael Jax.

Elective in Vascular Surgery (Dr. Sam Tyagi)

For more information about the Vascular elective, e-mail Jamie Ward.


On the Lexington campus, the department of surgery offers a limited number of observerships each academic year.

All observers must be onboarded by UK HealthCare's Office of Learning & Experience.

For more information about shadowing a surgeon, please e-mail Jamie Ward.