Surgery and Perioperative Medicine and Pain Management (12 weeks)


This clerkship is divided into four phases: four weeks of a General surgery service or Trauma, two weeks on two specialty services, and two weeks of anesthesiology.  At the UCH, there are four General surgery services. Trauma Service, and a large number of surgery subspecialty services.  Each handles patients with diseases classically associated with General surgery , Trauma, or the surgical subspecialty area.  However, there are various emphases from service to service, and the student should familiarize him/herself with these subspecialty emphases if the student has a particular interest in such areas as breast surgery, transplantation surgery, endocrine surgery, etc.  Students may also choose to do general surgery at NorthShore University Health System’s Evanston Hospital Campus, Evanston, IL where the service is more general and students have an opportunity to see a more diverse spectrum of cases. 

Students are considered a part of the team and are encouraged to participate actively in ward rounds, inpatient care, outpatient clinics, and the surgery of patients on his/her service.  Students are encouraged to do outside reading and to attend the various weekly surgical conferences.  A lecture series will be held at the U of C for all students, with students in Evanston participating via video conferencing.  The lectures will run from 6:45am-7:30am on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Students also participate in case presentations at both sites.

Clinical Evaluation

A student’s clinical performance is evaluated and graded by the faculty and residents at U of C and Evanston who work with the student on each rotation.  They are asked to evaluate the student in several areas, including clinical acumen, interpersonal skills, professionalism and general knowledge. A written consensus evaluation is submitted to the departmental office by the designated faculty coordinator for that service.


To expose students to the medical management of surgical patients and basic surgical techniques.  To provide students an opportunity to participate in peri-operative care as well as operative procedures.  Provide a didactic experience centered around management of surgical diseases and to give students an opportunity for evaluation of surgical inpatients and outpatients.

Surgery Grade

  • Clinical Performance - 60%
  • NBME ShelfExam - 20%
  • OSCE - 7%
  • Oral Exam - 10%
  • Case Log Completion - 3%

Required Textbooks

  • NMS Surgery Casebook by Bruce E Jarrell
  • Cope’s Diagnosis of Acute Abdomen by William Silen

Recommended Textbooks

  • Learning Surgery: The Surgery Clerkship Manual by Stephan F. Lowry
  • Blueprints Clinical Cases: Surgery by Michele Li