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Senior Surgery Honors Course

The goal of the Senior Honors Course in Surgery is to provide senior medical students an in depth experience in general surgery and a surgical specialty. This is a capstone course that is specifically designed for those students who are interested in pursuing a career in general surgery or a surgical specialty. This is accomplished through an eight-week multi-dimensional program that includes a four-week acting internship in general surgery and a four-week specialty surgery rotation. This course includes:

  • direct patient care,
  • small group faculty-lead didactic sessions, and
  • surgical skills training.

The Clerkship Director is Jason Mizell, MD. His office is located at S7/31 in the Shorey Building. His phone number is 686-6757 and his email address is JSMizell@uams.edu. The Clerkship Coordinator is Rebecca Weber. Her office is located at S7/05 in the Shorey Building. Her phone number is 686-6647, her pager number is 395-7701 and her email address is weberrebeccab@uams.edu.

During this course the students will serve for four weeks as an Acting Intern on one of the principal general surgery services at the University Hospital, Veterans Affairs Hospital, or Arkansas Children’s Hospital. During this rotation, the students will have the supervised responsibilities equivalent to that of a surgical intern. The students will participate in the care of a limited number of patients under the direct supervision of senior residents and surgical faculty. This rotation will include both inpatient and outpatient experiences as well as elective and emergency surgical services. The students will take call on a rotating basis similar to junior house officers.

  1. The student will serve for four weeks on a specialty surgery service (pediatric surgery, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic, plastics, breast oncology, surgical oncology, pediatric cardiac surgery, burn surgery, surgical critical care, trauma surgery). The students will be directly involved in the care of a limited number of patients in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The students will take call on a rotating basis similar to junior house officers.
  2. The students will each give a 30 – 45 minute seminar on a topic in surgery approved by the course director. The topic must consist of a detailed discussion of the pathophysiology of a surgical disease.
  3. The students will participate in a weekly skills laboratory experience which includes both basic surgical techniques as well as laparoscopic skills designed to facilitate the student’s transition to their residency.
  4. The student will participate in a weekly meeting in which a member of the faculty will present a seminar about the clinical features and management of a surgical disease or condition.
  5. The students will participate in a weekly conference with the chairman in which they present a patient to him or his designee.
  6. The students will attend and participate in the educational activities of the Department of Surgery.
  7. Enrollment in this course requires the approval of the course director.
  8. This course is two blocks in duration and can only be taken during blocks 1 & 2 or blocks 3 & 4.
  9. Longitudinal electives are not permitted during this rotation.