BIOL 6672: Introduction to Trauma and Acute Care Surgery

Student Leaders: 
Kaitlyn McLeod, MD20; Geoff Hogan, MD20
Faculty Adviser: 
Tareq Kheirbek, MD

The Introduction to Trauma and Acute Care Surgery preclinical elective is a semester-long course designed to introduce students to the acute surgical patient and the decision-making process leading a trauma surgeon to take a patient to the operating room. In this elective, first and second year students will learn about the immediate evaluation and management of traumatic injuries. Expectations include attendance at case-based discussions with trauma surgeons, as well as orthopedic and neurological surgeons. Students are required to attend at least 10 of the following: 8 case based discussions/workshops, 4 trauma conferences, and 1 trauma intensive care unit rounds. A midterm and final case or journal article presentation are required. Opportunities to shadow trauma surgeons on overnight shifts and in the operating room are available, but optional.  Students will be evaluated on a S/NC basis. In the past, many more people have applied than the cap of 12 students. We will pick the course roster based on the strength of your application.