General Surgery: (MS3) A total of 8 weeks total that is broken into two- 4-week rotations

During the students’ 8-week surgery rotation, they will get experience in the care of patients suffering from conditions that are amenable to treatment by the use of the hand (surgery; fr. Greek: cheir [hand] and ergon [work], literally `handiwork`). Surgery encompasses a diverse range of specialties and includes the following disciplines:

  • Breast surgery
  • Cardiothoracic surgery
  • Colorectal surgery
  • Orthopedics
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Plastic surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Trauma surgery
  • Transplant surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular surgery

It is important to know the major emphasis during this 8-week rotation will be placed upon issues and problems in General Surgery, but student familiarity with common problems in the surgical subspecialties (thoracic and cardiovascular, orthopedics, urology, otolaryngology, and neurosurgery) is also tested on the end-of-clerkship NBME clinical subject examination.

Students will be assigned to an individual General Surgery clerkship faculty member for four to eight weeks. During this time each student will get experience in the operating room, out-patient clinics, and office-based practice. View the entire Surgery curriculum.


  • 50% based on the preceptor rotation evaluation
  • 30% based on the shelf examination, which is taken on the last Friday of the rotation.
    • This test is applied to both rotations.
  • 20% based on the online curriculum. The 20% for the online portion is broken up into 3 components:
    • End of rotation quiz (50%) on True Learn (one quiz for each Surgery rotation)
    • Completion of the weekly required questions (100) on True Learn, each week is worth 6.25% for a total of 25%
    • Keep a rolling average of >50% on the weekly True Learn questions, each week is worth 6.25% for a total of 25%
    • Completion of the Radiology Teaches Modules
    • Completion of the assigned EPA for review

Required Reading

During the students’ clinical rotations, they should be reading daily. This can be from the articles on Stat Pearls, a review book, or a textbook. The following outline of articles are meant to improve your knowledge base of common conditions seen while on the surgical wards. During each week of your respective rotations, you are encouraged to read and know these articles as each topic will help you tremendously during your 2-month rotation. In addition to these articles, you should continue to read your textbooks about specific patients you might be taking care of and daily use of your study guides.

Access the required Surgery reading list

Pre-Rotation Review Podcast and Videos