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Undergraduate Clerkship

Prepare for residency

The nine-week clerkship is designed to give you the experience you’ll need when you take on greater responsibilities as a resident. When you begin your clinical rotations, you will function as a member of the surgical team; you'll attend morning rounds, assist in the operating room and attend outpatient clinics.

During your clerkship, you’ll participate in three rotations, including a mandatory three-week general surgery rotation and two selective rotations that focus on one of the surgery subspecialties. You’ll also attend a seminar series throughout the surgery clerkship, which will cover the general principles of surgery.

What will I learn?

By the time you’re finished your general surgery clerkship, you’ll have a better understanding of the following areas: 

  • breast
  • thyroid and parathyroid
  • gastrointestinal surgery
  • small bowel, colon and anus
  • hernias
  • gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  • acute abdomen, biliary tract
  • pancreas and liver