IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 02SG731 — COLON AND RECTAL SURGERY


During this clinical rotation students will have the opportunity to learn clinical skills for diagnosing Colon and Rectal diseases. Students will learn indications and contraindications for treatment of various colorectal conditions. Students will be expected to perform history taking, physical exam, and differential diagnosis of various colorectal diseases and understand the medical and surgical modalities of treatment. Emphasis will be given on understanding colon cancer screening protocols.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu)

Director: Virendra Parikh, M.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: Parkview Regional Medical Center, Inverness Surgery Center (IUSM - Fort Wayne)

Other Faculty:

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Diagnose colon and rectal diseases (PC2)
  • 2) Recognize indications and contraindications in treatment (PC3)
  • 3) Determine methods of treatment (MK5)
  • 4) Assist in the OR and follow-up with patients post operatively (PC3)
  • 5) Recognize indications and results of colonoscopy and colon cancer screening protocols (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Clinical Observation; Objective Exam)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 30-40

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 15% Library/Research; 5% Lecture/Seminar

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH Elective primarily offered during November, February and March, the busiest months of the practice. The other months are available at the consent of the course director. All Fort Wayne electives must go thru the Fort Wayne campus coordinators.  For Family Medicine electives contact the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program at 260-422-6573.  All others contact Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu or 260-481-0224. or Gina Bailey (gibailey@iupui.edu or 260-481-6731..

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None