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General Thoracic Surgery (aka: Chest Surgery)

Elective Number: 3009

Rotation Supervisor: Dr. Linda Martin & Chief Resident, General Thoracic Surgery

Coordinator: Diana Houchens

Duration: Maximum 4 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

Available: all Rotations

Report to: General Thoracic Chief (PIC #1847)

Time to Report: 6:00 am

Place to Report: TCV PO or 4 West

Typical day: 6:00 am - 6:00 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.

Suggested preparatory reading: Anatomy Textbook - thorax and chest contents; Handbook of Perioperative Care in General Thoracic Surgery 2005, DeShauriers & Mehran

Number of students per rotation: 2

Course Description: The purpose of the course is to expose medical students to observing and participating in the evaluation of patients with lung, esophageal or mediastinal disease beginning with the patients' initial outpatient evaluation, followed with any diagnostic outpatient studies and then participating in their care plans which may include surgery. The student will follow patients from clinic through surgery and recovery.

The course will also offer the student a first-hand experience in the daily life of surgical residents and surgeons as they practice the specialty of chest surgery.

Specific objectives, other than following in detail the course of selected patients, will be to improve patient encounter skills, perform chest and heart examination on patients with abnormal findings, prepare a selected topic slide presentation to the surgical team at the end of the course, present cases at weekly conferences and experience first-hand the surgical experience of operating on chest diseases.

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