Transplantation Surgery

Duration: 4 weeks

Distribution of student's time:
40% inpatient care
20% outpatient care
20% conferences/lectures
20% operating room

Enrollment/Period: 2 maximum, upon availability

Prerequisites: Required Surgery clerkship

Clerkship Objectives:

  • Teach students the basic surgical principles and the pathophysiology, diagnosis, management of a variety of surgical conditions.
  • Increase student involvement in conferences, educational rounds.
  • Increase student use/review of the medical literature.
  • Appreciate surgical work style.


  • Quality of care given
  • Interest, commitment, and stamina
  • Participation and performance in conferences
  • Level of knowledge
  • Level of skills and H&P's notes
  • Enthusiasm, willingness, ability to function as part of resident team

Methods to be used in student evaluation:

  • Observation of performance by faculty and house officers
  • Assessment of write-ups/reports
  • Other structured skills testing
  • Preparatory for Operating Room Division

The goal is to provide the student with a more in-depth understanding of the science and clinical practice of organ transplantation. The student spends time with residents and staff on inpatient rounds and at outpatient clinics where organ transplant recipients (kidney, liver, pancreas, and heart) are followed. The student participates in organ recovery procedures and organ transplant surgery. Opportunity for exposure to Tissue Typing Laboratory is available, as well as to Vascular Access Surgery (for hemodialysis patients).

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