Core Clerkship Students
The Surgery Core Clerkship is one of six required clerkships in the Core Clerkship year, and consists of a five-week rotation on General Surgery and two 2-1/2 week rotations on the surgical subspecialties. All ten weeks (2 rounds) will occur at one of the seven clinical sites; one 5-week round of OB/Gyn will complete the trimester. The last week of the block is Assessment Week, during which time the student will take the NBME exams and complete a series of OSCEs in both Surgery and OB/Gyn.
The overarching goal of the Core Clerkship is to prepare the medical student to become "an educated consumer of surgical resources". Surgeons are uniquely positioned to participate in the care of "those in harm’s way", and the Core Clerkship includes elements such as a small group discussion on surgical bleeding and an exposure to trauma that are directly pertinent to the mission of warrior care. The rotations at each clinical site are overseen by an Associate Clerkship Director who is absolutely dedicated to ensuring students have a robust and rewarding clinical experience.