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ACE - A. I. in Pediatric Surgery

Elective Number: 3016

Rotation Supervisors: Dr. Eugene McGahren

Coordinator: Heather Trainium

Duration: Maximum 8 weeks, Minimum 4 weeks

Available: all Rotations

A pager is required and will be supplied by the department.

Report to: Pediatric Surgery Chief Resident

Time to Report: As designated by the Peds Surgery Chief

Place to Report: As designated by the Peds Surgery Chief

Typical day: 6:00 am - 5:00 pm

Attendance: A student may not take time off during an ACE.

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 Pediatric Surgery elective is considered an "acting internship" on the service. The students are expected to assist with the workup of new patients admitted to the hospital and patients evaluated by the Emergency Room. They are expected to assist in the operating room, particularly with the patients they have initially worked up. They are expected to assist with post-operative management of the patients on the service. The students will share night call one night per week with the Pediatric and Surgical Residents on this service. There is no weekend call, but there are Saturday morning rounds. Students will be supervised by those residents and the supervisors in evaluating outpatients during three clinics per week. The rotation supervisors will closely observe the student. Final evaluation will be determined by supervisor and the Chief Resident. The student will be expected to participate in the Division's weekly conferences and to present one conference during the rotation. There are night call and weekend rounds.

Goals: The goals of this course are to introduce the students to the variety of anomalies and illnesses, which are managed by Pediatric surgeons.

Learning Objectives:

1. Recognize and evaluate newborn infants with signs & symptoms of bowel obstruction, such as intestinal atresias and Hirschsprung's Disease.

2. Evaluate children presenting with acute abdominal pain & know the principles of fluid resuscitation in these patients.

3. Evaluate and resusciatate pediatric trauma victims and know the principles involved in coordination of the in-hospital care of these patients.

4. Recognize the importance of involving family memebers in decision-making and management of Pediatric surgical patients and the cost effective pre & postoperative care of these children.

5. Participate in outpatient clinic activities, exposing the student to long-term functional evaluation in patients with various congential abnormalities.


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