IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93SG720 — TRAUMA SURGERY


This course is designed to provide clinical experience in the evaluation and management of victims of blunt and penetrating trauma in a Level I Trauma Center. The student will be assigned to the Trauma Service and will be able to participate in the workup and management of injured patients, including participation in Shock Room resuscitation, operative procedures and inpatient care. Weekly conferences include Eskenazi Trauma M&M Conference, Better Practice Conference (joint Surgery & EM), Trauma & General Surgery Conference, Surgery Departmental M&M, Grand Rounds and Faculty Rounds.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Megan Rendina (mrendina@iupui.edu)

Director: Katie Stanton-Maxey, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Eskenazi Health Services & Methodist Hospital (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Experience the management of trauma patients from hospital arrival through discharge, including workup of injuries, physiologic stabilization, and specific treatments. 2) Acquire knowledge of injury patterns related to mechanism and circumstance as well as the contribution of patient factors. 3) Become familiar with the multidisciplinary nature of trauma management, interacting with clinicians from multiple medical specialties and other healthcare disciplines (dietary, pharmacy, therapies). 4) Participate in procedures including but not limited to central venous access, chest tube placement, and operative cases. 5) Develop and improve information synthesis and decision-making, communication skills with patients and team members, and self-directed learning habits.


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 3rd or 4th year status; Surgery clerkship must be completed

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 60

Time Distribution: 85% Clinical; 10% Lecture; 5% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Megan Rendina (mrendina@iupui.edu) All on-campus surgery electives will be handled through the match. Post-match results, all additions and drops for surgery electives must be approved through Megan Rendina, Surgery Clerkship Coordinator at 274-7201 or mrendina@iupui.edu.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description:

Service Learning Included: None