Summer in Surgery is 4-week program sponsored by the UAMS Department of Surgery for students completing the M1 year at UAMS to learn more about a career in surgery.  The program runs during the summer break between M1 and M2 years.

The program allows medical students the opportunity to 1) gain clinical experience by shadowing surgeons and scrubbing in on cases in the operating room and participating in other procedures such as endoscopy and 2) produce scholarship and gain research experience by participating in various selected research projects with a faculty or resident mentor.  Students rotate on 2 surgical services in Acute Care Surgery, Breast, Burns, Colorectal, Craniofacial, General Surgery, Pediatrics, Plastics, Surgical Oncology, Thoracic, Transplant, Trauma, and/or Vascular during the program.

Throughout the program, multiple faculty members from the Department of Surgery come to speak to the student participants about the various career paths that are possible after a general surgery residency, such as Plastics, Thoracic, Trauma, Vascular, etc.  Our program director also speaks to the students about the grades, scores, and other factors that are expected for an applicant to successfully match in general surgery residency.  There are multiple hands-on educational sessions during the 4-week program such as learning proper scrub technique, operating room etiquette, and surgical instrument identification; suturing and knot tying; and simulations sessions to learn intubation, chest tube placement, laparoscopy, endoscopy, and ultrasound –guided central line placement.

One previous student participant commented: “I came into the program really questioning if surgery was for me. I left 4 weeks later with an emphatic ‘YES’ in my mind.”

An informational session is held in the fall for M1 students to learn more about the program.  Applications are typically distributed to the M1 class shortly after the first of the year.

For more information, contact Dr. Mary K. Kimbrough at mkkimbrough@uams.edu.