Department of Surgery
Barbara Baur Dunlap Professor and Chair
Steven T. Bartlett, MD
The Department of Surgery is organized into 11 divisions: Cardiac Surgery, Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Pediatric Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Transplantation, Urology, and Vascular Surgery. Many faculty members participate in the teaching of anatomy, pathology and physiology, and almost all participate in formal courses offered during the clinical years. During the junior year, all students must complete the eight-week clinical clerkship in surgery. Four weeks are spent in general surgery, two weeks in Shock Trauma, and two weeks in surgical specialties of vascular, transplant, CT and pediatric surgery. The general surgical clinical rotations are based at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Mercy Medical Center and the Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The four-week subspecialty rotation will consist of one week in urology, orthopaedics, otolaryngology and anesthetic management emphasizing airway management.
Electives in surgical research and summer fellowships are available to students in all four years. More extensive clinical experience with greater patient responsibility is offered by all divisions as subinternships and electives during the fourth year.
The surgical clerkship exposes the student to disease entities that can or should be treated by operative intervention and to the physiologic and metabolic consequences of such intervention. Students learn to recognize conditions that will require surgical consultation. They gain an appreciation of wound care as well as familiarity with basic emergency procedures. This course of study enables the future family practitioner, internist, pediatrician or psychiatrist to discuss probable treatment and prognosis of various surgical diseases with their patients. Further, students are given the opportunity to explore various surgical disciplines and to participate fully in the daily activities of the surgical teams.
Graduates of approved medical schools may be considered for residencies in General Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Neurological Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery and Urology.