The seven-week clerkship presents surgical approaches to adult and pediatric disease. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of surgical patients and problems. Students learn through direct involvement in patient care, as well as weekly protected learning sessions, case-based discussions, and clinical skills workshops. Students will rotate on at least two separate clinical services and will participate in continuity clinic for the length of the clerkship. All students will participate in night call. Students may also participate in rotation/campus-specific conferences and learning experiences along with the surgical team, such as surgery grand rounds, morbidity and mortality conference, etc. Students will be notified of these opportunities by their surgical teams. All scheduled learning sessions and workshops are mandatory unless a College of Medicine approved absence is obtained by the student.

Select Clerkship Curriculum Topics

  • Peri- and Post-Operative Care
  • Fluids and Electrolytes
  • Acid-Base
  • Mechanical Ventilation
  • Trauma
  • Shock
  • Nutrition
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Abdominal Wall and Groin Masses
  • Jaundice
  • GI Bleed and Perianal
  • Non-Cardiac Chest Pain and Shortness of Breath
  • Abdominal Masses
  • Breast
  • Skin
  • Endocrine


Regional Campus Students

Course and site directors across the state work together to provide all students, regardless of campus location, a comparable learning experience.

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Center for Advanced Training and Simulation (CATS)

On the Lexington campus, the CATS Lab provides students with a training environment that duplicates laparoscopic setups encountered in the operating room. All medical students are invited to use the CATS lab to practice hand skills.