Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties Clerkship

Contact: Rebecca Bellini, Student Program Coordinator
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Department of Surgery, Room 8602
750 E. Adams Street, Syracuse, New York 13210
Phone (voice): 315 464-6248

Our Surgery and Surgical Subspecialties Clerkship is an eight-week inpatient program consisting of the following rotations:

  • Two days of skills lab
  • Two weeks on a general surgery service at Upstate Medical Center or the Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center
  • Two weeks in a general surgery selective (burns, cardiac, pediatric surgery, thoracic surgery, vascular surgery, ER consult service or surgical intensive care unit)
  • One week in anesthesia
  • One week in otolaryngology
  • One week in orthopedic surgery

As part of our program the student participates in the care and management of patients. Education is received at the patient's bedside, in the operating room and is supplemented by teaching conferences with various members of the surgical attending staff and lectures on selected topics in general surgery, anesthesia, orthopedics and otolaryngology. The course is designed to enable the student to recognize problems of a surgical nature, to understand the relevant pathophysiology and to give the student some familiarity with the risks and benefits involved with surgical therapy.