The Western Surgery Clerkship is an intensive 12-week rotation consisting of 4-weeks of General Surgery, 2-weeks of Anesthesia, and three 2-week selectives. General Surgery and Anesthesia are core rotations, as the acquisition of skills and knowledge learned during these rotations are critical to the educational goals of the Surgery Clerkship. The selective choices offered provide students the opportunity to learn more about other specialties of interest. The selective rotation choices available to the students are Cardiac Surgery, Neurosurgery, Ophthalmology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery, Paediatric General Surgery, Pathology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Radiology, Thoracic Surgery, Urology, and Vascular Surgery. Students are given the opportunity to rank their selective choices and every effort is made to place them in their top three selections. Based on their selective choices, students are assigned to either LHSC-University Hospital or LHSC-Victoria Hospital and have the option to complete some selective rotations at St. Joseph's Health Care London.
During the Surgery Clerkship, students attend mandatory weekly academic half-days provided by the faculty and there are a total of thirty-six clinical topics covered during these half-days that will broaden their understanding of surgical practice. In addition, students attend a full-day orientation on day one, an Anesthesia Boot Camp, and a TEAM Course (mini-ATLS Course for medical students) in the Canadian Surgical Technologies and Robotics facility at LHSC-University Hospital. During the orientation on day one students receive instruction on scrubbing, gowning, and gloving; OR conduct; knot tying; suturing; Foley catheter insertion; airway management; IV insertion; infectious diseases, and patient care. During both the Anesthesia Boot Camp and the TEAM Course students have the opportunity to be engaged in clinical simulated scenarios using mannequins.
By the end of the Surgery Clerkship students will have gained insight into the practice of surgery, which will assist them in caring for patients in whatever specialty they decide to pursue.