IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 45SG703 — GENERAL SURGERY


Surgical Program: A one to three month program designed to offer the student broad general surgical training and clinical experience. The large volume of traumatic injuries seen at this hospital will offer the student a considerable volume of emergency trauma surgery. Progressive experience and responsibility is given throughout the student's training. Under close personal supervision, the student is able to develop and refine his technical and diagnostic skills. Emphasis will be placed on continuity of care for individual patients. This will include: 1. Preoperative and postoperative care 2. Operating room procedures 3. Performing basic surgical procedures 4. Daily patient rounds with assigned attending physician 5. Practical emergency room experience (optional) 6. Weekend physician/student patient rounds (optional) 7. Attendance at medical education conferences

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iun.edu)

Director: Brendan Frawley, M.D.

Campus: Northwest-Gary

Location: Community Hospital, The Methodist Hospitals, St. Mary Medical Center (Hobart)

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 (PC5)
  • 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) Explain risks and benefits of surgical procedures (MK5)
  • 6) Explain and obtain surgical consent (P3)
  • 7) Discuss and evaluate surgical complications in the frame of quality improvement and assess medical literature for the surgical technique, outcome, and evidence-based medicine) 8) Document patient data via daily notes, dictating consults, and completing discharge summaries)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Assesments will include observation, oral presentation and discussion with faculty)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status (3rd year if they've completed surgical block)

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture and Laboratory

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Amy Han, PhD (amyhan@iun.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Northwest electives must go thru the Northwest campus coordinators.  Contact Amy Han, PhD  (amyhan@iun.edu or 219-980-6561) or Brittany Miller (millerby@iun.edu or 219-980-6525). 

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None