Surgical Interest Group
We are committed, as members of the Norman M. Rich Department of Surgery, to have a robust group of students interested in surgery, organized into our Surgery Interest Group (SIG). This organization is all student-led. Its officers include a president, a secretary, a treasurer, a lecture coordinator, a shadowing coordinator, a skills lab coordinator, and service coordinators, all chosen from the student body by students. The SIG is one of the biggest interest groups at Uniformed Services University, and usually has around 90 members. Students are asked to pay an admission fee of $20, which goes into our account at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation; this money is used to pay for SIG events, including lunches with speakers. Faculty members are readily available to participate in all SIG activities. In many respects, SIG is a model student interest group, for which our Department is rightly proud.
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Surgeons Teaching Anatomy
Our highly-regarded Gross Anatomy course is very capably led by Dr. Alan Seyfer, M.D., F.A.C.S., who is an accomplished general and plastic surgeon. One unique feature of this course is the number of surgeons who participate as lab instructors. The majority of all instruction in the lab is done by these surgeons, many of whom are retired from active surgical practice but are still engaged and interested in teaching the next generation. Their presence in the lab gives credibility to the importance of structures we study. Their past experiences in treating real patients with real anatomic challenges enhances the relevance of this course. Students rate Dr. Seyfer’s gross anatomy course as one of the very best experiences of their pre-clerkship studies. Anatomy is the road map to successful surgery, as we emphasize time and again in our dissection lab. We believe that this anatomy experience, early in medical school, is a perfect way to introduce students to the fine art and science of surgery.