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Electives - Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology - Salem

Elective Number: 1606 (arranged)

Rotation Supervisors: Dr. Mohamed Sageer

Supervisor Office Phone/Email: Mohamed.Sageer@va.gov; VA Pager 1307, ext 1137

Designated Signer: Clerkship Director or Attending on Duty

Evaluation should be given to: Attending on Service

Duration: minimum: 2 weeks; maximum 4 weeks

Available: all Rotations

Report to: Linda Ferguson-Saunders or Brenda Casinger, Medical Service Student Coordinators

Coordinator Office Phone/Email: Linda.Ferguson-Saunders@va.gov; ext 2202 / Brenda.Casinger2@va.gov; ext 2204

Time to Report: 1:00 pm

Place to Report: Building 143 C1-56; room 1EF-115 or 1EF-116

Typical day: 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation:

Course Description: The GI Section serves as the consultant for patients with gastrointestinal and liver problems at the Salem, VAMC. The student will evaluate new consultations and present them to the Attending for discussion; the student will follow these patients during their hospital stay. The student will participate in the GI Clinic that meets three half-days and two full days a week. In the clinic, the student will be assigned new patients for evaluation as well as follow-ups who present common problems in gastroenterology.

Diagnostic procedures, including liver biopsy, endoscopy and esophageal manometry, are part of the GI evaluation. The student will learn the indications for these procedures and possibly gain supervised experience in sigmoidoscopy and paracentesis. There is no night or weekend call and there is also some flexibility in the student's work schedule.

Reading is an important part of the elective. Informal seminars are held at least weekly on topics presented by the patient material. The student will be given appropriate references to enable participation in the discussion. The GI faculty provide specific additional time to address GI topics that are of concern to the student. The emphasis is decidedly clinical, but the elective can be tailored to meet the individual student's need.