Third-Year Clerkship

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The third-year Surgery Clerkship is an eight-week course that presents medical and surgical approaches to adult and pediatric diseases. Its overall objective is to train a “generalist” physician in the surgical management of disease. Students rotate on a general surgery service and then on two surgery specialty services. Clerkship activities include workshops on various surgical topics. The surgery core curriculum forms the framework for the clerkship’s activities.

Topic Areas

  • Abdomen
  • GI-Hepatobiliary System
  • Oncology (Breast and Colon Cancers)
  • Trauma and Shock
  • Vascular System
  • Urology
  • Otolaryngology (Ear, Nose, Throat)
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Transplantation
  • Surgical Pre-Operative Assessment
  • Post-Operative Complications

Faculty members provide feedback to medical students at the end of each surgical rotation during the clerkship.

Morehead Clerkship Rotation

Selected students spend their third year clerkship in Morehead, Kentucky at the St. Claire Regional Medical Center. The Surgery Clerkship at St. Claire is an eight week program in which students are assigned to General Surgery and a surgical specialty of their choice. Specialties offered at St. Claire are urology, orthopaedics, and anesthesiology. Vascular Surgery is included on the General Surgery rotation.

Students wishing to complete two weeks on a specialty not offered by St. Claire will be allowed to return to Chandler Medical Center, but expenses such as travel and living arrangements will not be funded.

Western Kentucky Initiative (WKI)

Selected third-year students have the opportunity to participate in a Surgery clinical rotation in one of three sites: Bowling Green, Owensboro or Murray/Paducah.
While in western Kentucky, students engage actively in community efforts designed to improve patient outcomes across a number of healthcare priorities. The WKI is a collaborative effort of the UK College of Medicine, the South Central, West, and Purchase Area Health Education Centers (AHEC), and a number of community, hospital and educational partners at the three clinical sites. For more information about the program, click here: Western Kentucky Initiative.