SU512M.3

Pediatric Surgery

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Alberto Puig, Motaz Qadan
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month.
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: The course is designed to familiarize students with both routine and unusual surgical problems in infants and children. Students are offered a month in the Division of Pediatric Surgery, where they participate as members of the surgical team. The experience includes patient examination and follow-up, assisting in the operating room, attendance at ward rounds, weekly conferences, and outpatient clinics with the faculty staff. There is a close working relationship between students, residents, and faculty.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Discussions about new approaches to clinical problems are encouraged on rounds as well as in discussions with faculty. This awareness of new therapies and innovations is encouraged at the weekly Pediatric Surgery-Pediatric Anesthesia conferences.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Exceptional interest, enthusiasm, and intelligence in the evaluation of a pediatric patient and a demonstrable willingness to participate in the hard work of clinical care. Clearly demonstrates that additional information was sought in preparation of the day's work or recent cases of interest. Readiness to assume extra duties, including case presentations and presentations of topics of interest to the house officers and/or faculty staff. Honors: Interest and enthusiasm with above-average knowledge in the evaluation of a pediatric patient and a demonstrable willingness to participate in the hard work of clinical care. May demonstrate that additional information was sought in preparation of the day's work or recent cases of interest. Performs assigned tasks at a high level, including case presentations to the house officers and/or faculty staff. Satisfactory: Interest and enthusiasm with basic knowledge in the evaluation of a pediatric patient and a demonstrable willingness to participate in the hard work of clinical care. Performs assigned tasks at a satisfactory level, including case presentations to the house officers and/or faculty staff. Unsatisfactory: Basic knowledge in the evaluation of a pediatric patient, but the student does not demonstrate a clear interest in improving that knowledge base. May demonstrate an inability to perform appropriately in the team oriented construct. Performs assigned tasks at an less than satisfactory level and needs more than basic oversight to satisfactorily complete the task. If the education director is aware of these problems, it will be discussed with the student, hopefully in a timely fashion so that the student is able to improve his performance. That intervention may not be available in this relatively short rotation.