Third-Year Surgery Clerkship

Suturing up close.

The Western Surgery Clerkship is an intensive eight week rotation consisting of 4 weeks of General Surgery and two 2-week selectives.  General Surgery is a core rotation, as the acquisition of skills and knowledge learned during this rotation 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, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 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 two 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.

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.