IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 79SG714 — GENERAL SURGERY


The primary objectives are to provide an exposure to the private practice of general surgery, to teach the student the responsibility toward the community concerning general surgery, and to provide insight into the management of common general surgery problems, as well as some of the many non-medical problems of private practice. The student will be involved with the writing of orders and performing diagnostic studies under the direct supervision of a general surgeon. The student will be expected to utilize the St. Elizabeth Hospital Library in which there is a good representation of medical journals, textbooks, and audio-digest tapes. It is hoped that the student will have a better understanding of the management of common problems as seen by the practicing general surgeon when he completes the elective.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Donna Fulkerson (drf.@purdue.edu)

Director: John Francis, M.D.

Campus: West Lafayette

Location: Franciscan St. Elizabeth Health Lafayette East (Lafayette), Unity Surgical Center - Lafayette

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Discuss the basic pathophysiology and basic surgical concepts of hepatic, biliary, gastrointestinal, and pancreatic diseases while improving knowledge base of the preoperative, surgical, and post-operative management of complex surgical processes (MK3)
  • 2) Interview and examine patients with surgical diseases and to formulate basic patient care plans (PC3)
  • 3) Recognize acute illness in surgical patients and formulate rapid treatment plans while considering specific aspects of general surgical pathophysiology (MK4)
  • 4) Employ basic surgical techniques (e)g) skin suturing, knot tying, arterial and venous punctures, etc (PC5)
  • 5) Identify the rigors and rewards of a general surgery residency and career while participating as a member of the health care team) This includes learning how to perform at an Intern level with regard to patient care and interaction with staff (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 50

Time Distribution: 95% Clinical; 2.5% Lecture; 2.5% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Donna Fulkerson (drf.@purdue.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH Contact Donna Fulkerson 765-496-7973 or drf@purdue.edu 8 weeks prior to enrollment.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None