Departmental Course: Surgery

​​​Clerkship Administrator: Laura Yale
Phone: 206.685.0975
Email: lauranne@uw​.edu 

Block Calendar:
Your clerkship dates must correspond with our Clinical Elective Schedule. You must start at the beginning of the block(s) and finish at the end of the block(s). The Department of Surgery (DoS) will not accommodate a shift in start and/or end times that differ from the rotation block schedule in VSAS.

Prerequisites for all Surgery Elective Courses:

  • Fourth year medical student standing and completion of required Surgery clerkship
  • Students must complete the following supplemental survey (opens March 1): https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/kjansen2/345414
  •  Students must have passed Step 1 or COMLEX-USA Level 1 and submit scores via the above survey

To Apply: 

  1. Complete the online VSAS application and upload any requested supplemental materials. No action will be taken on your application until it is complete. Departments may not "pre-enroll" or hold spaces for potential visiting students, regardless of intent or qualifications. 
  2. Complete applications for Summer and Autumn rotations need to be submitted by 11p PST March 14 in order to be considered.
  3. Complete applications for Winter and Spring rotations need to be submitted by October 1 to be considered.
  4. In addition to required application materials via VSAS you must complete the following supplemental survey: https://catalyst.uw.edu/webq/survey/kjansen2/345414

Please Note: 

* Applications must be approved at least 6 weeks prior to the start of the requested clerkship date.

* Course offers are not guaranteed until offered through VSAS

* Please only apply for courses and rotation blocks dates you intend to accept if offered.

* Rotation spots are filled by the UW medical students first; any open spots should be available to visiting students. 

* If you accept a course during residency recruitment please note the Department of Surgery will only approve a total of 2 weekdays off during your 4-week rotation block. 
* In accordance with federal law all persons having access to patient related material must complete a formal HIPAA training module. Once you have been accepted to the UW, you will be contacted with the details of this training.

* Placement in an elective in the DoS does not guarantee an interview for the Surgery Residency Program. All interviews for our program occur on the dates outlined on our Applicant Website. Requests for alternate dates will not be granted.

Cancelations:

You must withdraw no less than 6 weeks prior to the rotation start date. Fees are non-refundable. All cancelations and changes must be made in writing via email to the Surgery Clerkship Administrator​


Course # Surg 676 - Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or fourth year medical student standing


Students will learn about the technical and physiological aspects of cardiopulmonary treatments.  The object of this course is for students to learn about the surgical management of congenital heart disease primarily at Seattle Children's Hospital. Instruction will include attending preoperative clinic daily with faculty surgeons where they will examine patients with congenital heart disease and participate in parental teaching and the surgical consent process. By the end of the rotation students should understand the pathophysiologic classification of common congenital heart defects, the indications and timing of surgery, gain skills in interpreting echocardiogram, cardiac catheterization, and other imaging data used to plan surgery for congenital heart disease, the basic components and physiology of the heart-lung machine, basic concepts in the ICU management of patients after congenital cardiac surgery and basic conduct of cardiac surgery in pediatric patients. This rotation provides a unique opportunity for one-on-one interaction between the students and surgical faculty. As well as, students may have the opportunity to participate in donor organ procurement for heart transplantation.​

​Course # SURG 682 – Clinical Burn Care

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or fourth year medical student standing

As a subintern, the student will participate fully in the care of all burn patients and will be assigned specific patients as they are admitted during his/her rotation. He/She will be closely supervised, but will have major responsibility in his/her day-to-day care and participate in all decision making on his/her patients. Formal rounds are held twice weekly with a full complement of nursing staff, physical therapy, occupational therapy, social service, rehabilitation medicine and other interested parties.

At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to burn surgery.


Course # SURG 683 – Pediatric Surgery Externship

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or fourth year medical student standing


Students participating in the elective clerkship of pediatric surgery will be based primarily at the Children's Hospital and Medical Center. Instruction will stress surgical conditions peculiar to the particular age group. There will be an obviously preponderance of various congenital and neoplastic conditions which are amenable to surgical treatment. It is desirable that students who plan to take this elective prepare themselves by acquiring a reasonable background of knowledge in human embryology and genetics. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to pediatric surgery. 


Course # SURG 685 – Cardiothoracic Surgery Externship

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or fourth year medical student standing


The objective of this course is to permit the student to further develop a knowledge of cardiothoracic disease and to enhance his/her ability to manage comprehensively the problems encountered in cardiac and thoracic surgery patients. The student will serve as a subintern at University Hospital, functioning at the intern level under close supervision of the staff and housestaff. The student will participate in patient care (including diagnosis, preoperative and postoperative care), will be exposed to a wide variety of both cardiac and thoracic disease entities, and will participate in both open heart and thoracic procedures in the operating room. This course will provide a chance for the student to use clinical skills in dealing with the medical as well as surgical problems of the patient with heart disease, and will permit the student to assume added responsibility in preparation for internship. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to cardiothoracic surgery.


Course # SURG 686 – Plastic Surgery Clerkship and Preceptorship

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks

Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or fourth year medical student standing


The objective of the Plastic Surgery elective clerkship is twofold. First, it is designed to acquaint the students with the fundamental techniques of plastic surgery, particularly with regard to wound management. This is accomplished through didactic presentations and work in the Harborview Emergency Room and Operating Room. Secondly, it is designed to acquaint the student with a broad spectrum of topics related to Plastic Surgery, including facial trauma, burns, cleft lip and cleft palate, head and neck cancer, cosmetic surgery, skin tumors, hand surgery, and general reconstructive surgery. Students will rotate through University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, Children's Hospital & Medical Center, and the Veteran's Affairs Medical Center. At each of these sites, the student is expected to participate in ward rounds, patient care, surgery, clinics, and all plastic surgery-related activities at those hospitals. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to plastic surgery.



Course # SURG 687 – Transplantation Surgery Clerkship

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or fourth year medical student standing


The Transplant Division offers the senior medical student the chance to be involved in the care of liver, kidney, and pancreas transplant patients. The student will have the opportunity to expand his/her knowledge of immunology, operative surgical anatomy, ICU care, and the complex management of the patient with end-stage organ failure. The student will have the chance to fly to Alaska, Montana, Idaho, and Washington state with the organ procurement team. Responsibilities will be commensurate to an intern level and the student will assist with work rounds and is encouraged to attend all teaching conferences. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to solid organ transplantation.


Course # SURG 688 (UWMC) # SURG 664 (VAMC) – Subinternship in General Surgery

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or fourth year medical student standing


The objective of this course is to permit the student to further develop his/her knowledge of surgical disease and to enhance his/her ability to manage comprehensively the problems encountered in surgical patients. Students will function at the intern level under close supervision of the staff and housestaff. Diagnosis, preoperative care and postoperative care will be stressed. The management of surgical emergencies and outpatient follow-up of discharged patients will be included. The student will attend all operative procedures on his/her assigned patients and will participate in all rounds and teaching conferences. This course will provide an opportunity for the student to perfect his/her clinical skills in dealing with medical as well as surgical problems and will permit the student to assume added responsibility. It should be of value as preparation for internship, particularly for the surgically oriented students. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to general surgery.


Course # SURG 691 (HMC) # SURG 661 (VAMC)– Surgical Intensive Care Unit Subinternship

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or fourth year medical student standing


This is a four-week elective offered for fourth-year medical students interested in obtaining more exposure to surgical critical care. It is designed to augment the student’s understanding of physiologic principles and their application to management of critical illness. Students participate in the management of critically ill patients under the close supervision of the staff and house staff and participate in teaching rounds twice daily. An oral presentation is required. This experience should prove invaluable to anyone considering surgery or primary care.


Course # SURG 695 – Vascular Surgery Clerkship

Offered A, W, Sp, S – 4 Weeks
Prerequisites: Surgery third year core clerkship, third or fourth year medical student standing


The goal of the course is permit the student to experience a wide variety of vascular surgical problems and cases at the level of a senior medical student. Harborview is the only Level I Trauma Center in the Pacific Northwest. As such, it acts as a major referral center for the states of Alaska, Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho. The student will be able to see and participate in a wide variety of cases from all these regions as well as from local community hospitals. Students will actively evaluate emergency room patients and attend rounds twice daily. At the end of the rotation the student will be asked to give a short oral presentation on a topic of choice related to vascular thoracic surgery.