SUR3-3001/F Surgery Clerkship-CHATT
Clerkship Director: Dr. Michael Greer
The Chattanooga M3 Surgery Clerkship is organized into four components. Students will spend two weeks on each of the following:
An orientation to the Surgery Clerkship is given the first day of the rotation. This includes a formal introduction by the Clerkship Director, the Surgery Department Coordinator, the senior resident clerkship coordinator and the Skills Lab Director. Expectations, duties and policies such as dress code, call responsibilities, priorities, and grading are presented and discussed.
A formal mid-term evaluation is given to each student individually by the Clerkship Director at the end of the first half (four weeks) of the Clerkship. Students are evaluated by the respective residents and faculty, and these are discussed with the student. Feedback is requested from the student.
Each rotation has unique experiences to offer. Each two-week rotation is supported by full-time faculty, chief resident, senior resident and junior residents as well as students assigned.
Call schedules and duties may vary according to the rotation but will be clearly delineated at the start of each new rotation.
Optional weekly Skills Lab sessions are available to students throughout the Clerkship. A well-defined curriculum has been established and revised to afford an experience like no other through the UT System. Simple to complex suture techniques, operating room preparation/etiquette, and performing actual procedures in a laboratory setting, make up a large part of the Skills Lab experience.
A full conference schedule including Basic Science Conference, Surgical Grand Rounds, M & M Conference, Vascular Conference, Surgical Critical Care Conference and Tumor Conference are held weekly. In addition to weekly departmental conferences just outlined, a faculty lecture schedule for the students is given throughout the clerkship.
The Department of Surgery sponsors a Surgery Residency Program providing outstanding education and practical experience for five Categorical Surgery residents at each of six levels of training with four Preliminary Surgery residents at the first year level (34 at full complement). It is one of nine residency programs of the UT College of Medicine Chattanooga and is based at the primary clinical training site, Erlanger Health System. The Department of Surgery is led by our Chair of more than 32 years, R. Phillip Burns, M.D., nationally recognized for his leadership and surgical expertise and currently serving as President of two nationally renowned organizations: Southeastern Surgical Congress and the Southern Surgical Association. Dr. Burns is also a past member of the national Surgery Residency Review Committee that accredits surgery training programs across the country. The Surgery Residency Program Director is Joseph B. Cofer, MD, who recently completed a year as President of the National Association of Program Directors in Surgery. He is currently Director for the American Board of Surgery, and Director for Project Access - a program to provide healthcare for citizens in the Chattanooga area not covered by health insurance -- developed by Dr. Cofer with the Chattanooga Hamilton County Medical Society. The Department also sponsors fellowships in Colon and Rectal Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, and Vascular Surgery.