IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 71SG703 — GENERAL SURGERY


The student is assigned to specific surgeon, and participates in the pre-operative evaluations and workups, assists in the operation room and helps with post-operative care. In addition the student will see patients with the surgeon in his office. The student will be expected to achieve an understanding of pre and post-operative care and become a capable surgical assistant. The student will be exposed to a full range of busy general and vascular surgical practice.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu)

Director: Gregory Credi, M.D.

Campus: South Bend

Location: Memorial Hospital (South Bend)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate appropriate skills in preparing for surgery (OR protocol)(PC5)
  • 2) Apply surgical principles to operative and clinical scenarios (MK4)
  • 3) Perform various surgical procedures including: suturing and knot tying; Bovie and Harmonic scalpel utilization; basic laparoscopy skills; ultrasonography; Central Venous Line; chest tube placement (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (The assessment methods include faculty observation of surgical skills and application of surgical principles.The assessment will be conducted by the course director).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All South Bend electives must go thru the South Bend campus coordinator. Contact Stacey Jackson (sajacks@iu.edu or 574-631-1870)

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None