IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 17SG711 — GENERAL SURGERY


This course is designed to provide knowledge and instruction on topics and skills that are clinically relevant to students interested in general surgery at DeKalb Health. Students will evaluate patients with general surgical problems, determine course of action and follow them through their course. A combination of clinical encounters, didactic sessions, and small group discussions are incorporated to provide the student with essential core material in the care and management of the surgical patient. The student will participate in the preoperative, surgical and post-operative management of complex surgical disease processes.

Elective Details:

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

Director: Jeffrey Justice, M.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: DeKalb Memorial Hospital (Fort Wayne)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Apply knowledge of general surgical diseases, differential diagnosis and treatment options by contributing to the care of patients (MK5)
  • 2) Construct a pre- and a post-operative plan for the general surgery patient incorporating assessments, nutrition, fluids, analgesic regimen, comorbidities, and wound care (PC3)
  • 3) Demonstrate appropriate attention to intra-operative concerns, including OR protocols, antibiotic prophylaxis, positioning, anesthetic agents (MK4)
  • 4) Perform various surgical procedures including: suturing and knot tying, Bovie and Harmonic scalpel utilization, endoscopy, basic laparoscopy skills, central venous line, and chest tube placement (PC5)
  • 5) Describe the risks and benefits of surgical procedures and understanding of informed consent by obtaining surgical consent (P3)
  • 6) Discuss and evaluate surgical complications in the frame of quality improvement and assess medical literature for the surgical technique, outcome, and evidence-based medicine (PBLI1)
  • 7) Document patient data via daily notes, dictating consults, and completing discharge summaries (ISC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Patient presentations, written and dictated notes, clinical knowledge and procedural skills by direct observation and one-on-one discussions. Assessment will be performed by the Course Director)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical, 10% Library /Research

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; 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? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: Students will be working with nursing and nutritionists on inpatient care.

Service Learning Included: None