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Surgery Boot Camp - GSUR 544


  1. Preference to be given to 4th year students entering a surgical specialty or sub-specialty
  2. Clerkships in Surgery and Internal


P1G01, Division of Medical Education, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center

Description and Goals:

The Goals and Objectives for this elective course are to provide a M4 preparatory curriculum to be delivered in the final months of the M4 medical student year prior to the beginning of surgical internship. The curriculum is a “finishing curriculum” focused heavily on the application of accumulated knowledge and skills to the care of the surgical patient. It is specifically NOT intended to cover material that should be mastered during the M3 clerkship or on M4 Sub-internship rotations. The ultimate goal is to improve upon the consistency of the finished medical school product with respect to readiness to begin surgical internship. A broad range of topics will be covered addressing issues that pertain specifically towards intern year. The associated assessments that result from this curriculum will hopefully also provide Program Directors with a clear needs assessment for an individual intern as they begin residency.

Format: Students will actively be involved in lectures and simulation seminars. Students will be given pagers and be expected to handle simulated patient based questions from nursing/attending staff while on call. In addition, the final week will consist of a cadaver lab for students to practice on general surgical procedures specifically geared towards success in their intern year.

Feedback: Obtained by student from course faculty during lecture, simulation, cadaver and on-call scenarios.

Evaluation: This course will be a pass/fail course with mandatory attendance. Absences will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Block 8 [Feb 3 - Feb 28]


8am-4pm on most days; occasional home beeper call; Shiftwork - Yes

Faculty Responsible:

Mayur Narayan, MD,MPH,MBA,FACS
Assistant Professor/Director Center for Injury Prevention & Policy, Associate Director, Division of Medical Education

Administrative Contact:

Mr. Michael Levi
Administrative Assistant

Additional Information


  • Introduction/How to be a successful surgical intern
  • How does an intern distinguish themselves from peers
  • Mock Page/On-Call Exercise; How to handle on-call pages
  • MASTRI Simulation: Laparoscopic Skills
  • Care for the post-op patient/ Post-op complications/Pain Management
  • Trauma/Shock/Sepsis/Wounds/Burn management/Surgical Nutrition
  • Ethics/Medical Legal/Surgical Complications
  • Choosing your residency program/Financial Planning
  • Intro to U/S ; Radiology for Interns
  • History of Surgery
  • Transfusion for Interns/Common Medications
  • How to do admission orders
  • OR instrument recognition
  • Acid-Base issues for interns/ Electrolyte Management/Kidney Failure
  • Ostomies/Tubes/Drains
  • Successful Hand-Off/Sign-Outs/Effective Documentation
  • Difficult Conversations/Palliative Care
  • Abdominal Compartment Syndrome
  • ARDS/How to manage the Vent as an intern
  • Success in Academic Surgery/How to Study for the ABSITE Exam


Last Revision: October 21, 2013