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The Student Experience

  • Didactics: Students participate in daily didactics with surgical residents and are expected to give a 20-minute patient presentation at the end of their rotation.  In addition, there is a comprehensive surgical attending driven lecture schedule that is geared towards students.


  • Surgery: Students are able to scrub on multiple surgeries each day if they so choose including surgical specialties such as General, Vascular, Thoracic, Urology, ENT, Orthopaedics. They can also participate in endoscopic procedures in the main BMC OR or at the Crane Center for Ambulatory Surgery, located directly across the street from BMC.


  • Clinic: Students are expected to attend clinic with attending physicians at least one half-day per week. At least half of the clinic attendance should be held with one’s attending preceptor (i.e. during a six-week rotation at least three of the clinic days are spent with one’s preceptor).


  • Residents: Students are assigned to a resident team that round together every morning. Each student is expected to see a patient prior to rounds and present said patient on rounds. Students are given feedback from residents on their presentations and asked teaching questions relevant to the case. Residents routinely give talks on short topics and assist with suturing and knot-tying skills. Students are also given opportunities to participate in bedside procedures, trauma care, and consultations.

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