SUR3-3001 Goals & Objectives

Surgery Clerkship



Patient Care:

 Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems.

Students are expected to:


  • Provide compassionate treatment for all patients, respecting their privacy and dignity
  • Conduct patient-centered encounters, perform and document both complete and focused histories and physical examinations appropriate for the level of training
  • Evaluate data, identify problems and plan proper action using scientific evidence and clinical judgment
  • Apply principles of health promotion and disease prevention
  • Work effectively with other health professionals in order to provide patient-focused care
  • Demonstrate basic skills in routine technical procedures
  • Demonstrate literacy in the use of computers, medical informatics and other technology to support patient care decisions
Medical Knowledge:
 Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical , clinical and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.  Students are expected to:
  • Identify the principles that underlie normal human development and aging
  • Demonstrate knowledge of disease processes, including symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
  • Recognize that health and illness involve psychological, biological, cultural, ethnic, gender, age and socio-economic components
  • Develop an analytical approach to problem solving and clinical reasoning
  • Understand the scientific basis, indications and interpretation of common diagnostic modalities
  • Demonstrate knowledge of therapeutics and therapeutic decision-making
  • Recognize patients with immediately life threatening conditions and be able to institute appropriate initial actions
  • Know the principles of preventative medicine, health maintenance and how environment affects health and disease
  • Demonstrate awareness of both traditional and non-traditional modes of care
Practice Based Learning:
 Be able to investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.  
Students are expected to:
  • Use information technology to access on-line medical information, and support their own education
  • Use evidence-based medicine approaches, knowledge of study designs and statistical methods to appraise clinical studies on diagnostic and therapeutic effectiveness
  • Understand continuous quality improvement practices
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
 Be able to demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families and professional associates.  
Students are expected to:
  • Demonstrate interpersonal skills that build rapport and empathic communication with patients and their families across socioeconomic, ethnic and cultural boundaries
  • Counsel and educate patients and their families
  • Communicate effectively in oral and written formats with health care team members
 Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.  
Students are expected to:
  • Advocate at all times the interests of one's patients over one's own interest   
  • Demonstrate the qualities of integrity, compassion, reliability and dependability in interactions with colleagues and society (e.g., end-of-life issues)
  • Recognize ethical issues relating to a physician's responsibilities and obligations to patients, colleagues and society (e.g., end of life issues)
  • Demonstrate a sensitivity to the religious, mental, emotional, cultural, socioeconomic and physical needs of patients and their families; and maintain confidentiality of patient  information
  • Understand the importance of a commitment to excellence through the continuation of one's own professional education and growth, acceptance of scrutiny by peers and others, and dealing openly and honestly with professional mistakes
  • Demonstrate a commitment to teach
  • Understand the potential for personal impairment resulting from the high-stress environment of the practice of medicine, and recognize the availability of support resources
Systems-Based Practice:
 Students must demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of  health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.  Students are expected to:
  • Develop a sense of social responsibility
  • Understand the role of managed care and health care delivery systems and possess a knowledge of cost-effective and quality health care practices 
  • Identify weaknesses in the health care delivery system and the causes of medical errors, and be able to develop a plan of action to correct them
  • Demonstrate knowledge of and respect for the overlapping roles and distinct competencies of different health professionals


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