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Conferences

As a member of the surgical team, the medical students assigned to surgery will attend all of the major departmental conferences as well as those specialty conferences specific to their rotation. In addition, there are a variety of surgery student seminars which will focus on the clinical features and pathophysiology of common surgical diseases, the differential diagnosis and resulting diagnostic algorithm, and options and strategies for treatment.

Departmental Conferences

Surgical Grand Rounds (every Tuesday, 7 – 8 AM).

This is a formal 45-minute presentation of the state-of-the-art management of a surgical disease given by a faculty member or a visiting professor. A 10 – 15 minute period of discussion follows the presentation.

Surgery Morbidity & Mortality and Great Case Conference (every Tuesday, 7 – 8 AM).

This is a 55-minute discussion of the management of four patients who underwent treatment on one of the surgical services. In general these patients will have either a particularly interesting and educational disease process or complicated clinical course. The cases presented are chosen by the senior residents for their educational value and are presented by the resident involved in the care of the patient.

Specialty Surgery Conferences

  • Trauma Conference
  • Vascular Conference
  • GI Conference
  • Breast Conference
  • Melanoma Conference

Student Seminars

Student Seminars (every Tuesday, 9 – 10 AM, Thursday, 3 – 4 PM).

These seminars are 50-minute interactive, faculty-lead Socratic discussions of a fundamental topic in surgery. The discussion emanates from a clinical stem to focus on the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnostic algorithm and therapeutic strategies important in the recognition and management of a particular disease. The topics covered include:

  • Preparation for Surgery, including Fluid & Electrolytes
  • Common Complications of Surgery
  • ABC’s of Resuscitating an Injured Patient
  • Shock
  • Resuscitation and Management of Acutely Burn-injured Patients
  • Trauma: Blunt splenic injury & Penetrating abdominal injury
  • Fundamentals of Evaluating & Caring for a Patient with Breast Cancer
  • Evaluation & management of a patient with a solitary thyroid mass
  • Evaluation & treatment of a patient with melanoma
  • Evaluation & treatment of a patient with a soft tissue mass
  • Abdominal Wall Hernias
  • Complications of peptic ulcer disease
  • Evaluation & treatment of a patient with dysphagia due to esophageal cancer (incl. barrett’s esophagus)
  • Evaluation & treatment of a patient with dysphagia due to esophageal motility disorder (incl. achalasia)
  • Fundamentals of Evaluating & Caring for a Patient with Colorectal Cancer
  • GI Hemorrhage
  • Physiology & differential diagnosis of acute abdominal pain
  • Evaluation & treatment of a patient with intestinal obstruction
  • Evaluation & Management of Patients with Liver Tumors
  • Complications of gallstone disease
  • Evaluation & treatment of a patient with obstructive jaundice (incl. pancreatic cancer)
  • Evaluation & treatment of a patients with complications of acute pancreatitis
  • Vascular Rodeo
  • Renal Transplantation
  • Evaluation & treatment of a patient with peripheral vascular occlusive disease
  • Evaluation & treatment of a neonate with intestinal obstruction
  • Evaluation & management of a patient with a lung mass

Chairman’s Rounds (every Thursday, 4 – 5 PM).

This is a 60-minute conference in which students present the history, physical examination, and diagnostic studies of a patient that they were involved in their care. The discussion focuses on the clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, diagnostic algorithm and therapeutic strategies important in the recognition and management of a particular disease. In addition, this conference allows the students to hone their patient presentation skills.