IU School of Medicine



This is a busy general and thoracic surgery service. There will be a good volume of typical general surgery cases such as cholecystectomies, hernia repairs (laparoscopic and open), intestinal operations, and appendectomies. The thoracic part of the rotation includes pulmonary resections, esophageal surgery, and surgery for benign intra-thoracic conditions. GI endoscopy, including ERCPs, is part of the experience. Office and intra-operative ultrasound are an integral part of this practice as well.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org)

Director: Chad Davis, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: St. Vincent Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Dr. V. Mathavan, Dr. Kirpal Singh

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Assist in management of surgical patients pre-operatively and post-operatively including first-assisting on their patients (PC3)
  • 2) Conduct/Present clinical research or case reports based on student's surgical interests (ISC5)
  • 3) Explain management of common general and thoracic surgical problems (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 60-80

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 5% Lecture; 5-10% Library; 0-5% Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: To check availability, contact Beth Dragoo (BVDRAGOO@ascension.org). We do accept interested students with a wait list availability option.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None