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Trauma Surgery - TSUR 540


Surgery Clerkships


Prince George’s Hospital Center (PGHC), Cheverly, Maryland

Description and Goals:

The goal of this course is to provide the students with the opportunity to apply the basic physiology learned in their initial three years to the acutely injured patient. They will also be exposed to the social and behavioral factors involved in the causation of both intentional and unintentional trauma.

To accomplish this, students will participate in daily work and trauma rounds in the acute ward and ICU. They will respond to the Trauma Bay during trauma activations. Students will evaluate trauma patients on arrival to the hospital and follow patients through their hospital stay and at the outpatient clinic. Students will be given the opportunity to perform minor procedures under direct supervision and observe operative interventions in the operating room. If desired, students will also have the opportunity be involved in the care of orthopedic trauma and emergency surgery patients.

Learning will occur as part of the trauma team and under direct one on one interaction with faculty. Since there are no residents or fellows on the service, students will have significant exposure to trauma cases, minor procedures and faculty.

Issues that will be addressed in a one on one session include:

  • Basic approach to the initial evaluation of the trauma patient (A, B, C, D, E)
  • Recognition and management of most common life-threatening injuries.
  • Basic airway and ventilatory management of the trauma patient.
  • Fluid resuscitation and Blood replacement in the acutely injured.
  • Physiopathology and Management of Blunt and Penetrating Thoracic Trauma.
  • Physiopathology and Management of Blunt and Penetrating Abdominal Trauma.
  • Physiopathology and Management of Spinal Trauma.
  • Physiopathology and Management of Traumatic Brain Injuries.
  • Pain Management.
  • Substance abuse, violence and other social/behavioral intervening factors.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Academic weeks 1-48


Monday through Friday - Yes; 8 am - 5 pm
Evenings - Optional
Weekends - Optional
Call - Yes

Faculty Responsible:

Gabriel E. Ryb, MD, MPH, FACS
Assistant Professor of Surgery

Carnell Cooper, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery

Administrative Contact:

Barbara Coker

Additional Comments

An outstanding elective that provides an opportunity to apply basic physiopathology to the injured patients. It will also provide an opportunity for the student to become comfortable performing basic procedures such as suturing, central lines, chest tube insertion with direct supervision. There will also be an opportunity for the student to become involved in on-going clinical research.

Last Revision: January 28, 2014