IU School of Medicine



Medical students participating in this surgical elective will be given a broad overview in the practice of academic surgery at a university-based hospital. This course provides students with extensive exposure to hepatobiliary, pancreatic, gastrointestinal, and laparoscopic surgery. Aspects of surgical oncology, inflammatory bowel disease, and other complex surgical problems will be encountered. The student will participate as a sub-intern in the preoperative, operative and post-operative management of surgical patients on the Indiana University C-Team. Additionally, the student is offered an option of taking trauma call at Wishard Memorial Hospital, a Level 1 Trauma Center.

Elective Details:

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

Director: Attila Nakeeb, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital - Surgical C Team (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Acquire a patient history and physical exam while focusing on aspects of surgical pathophysiology (PC1)
  • 2) Formulate patient care plans under the guidance of faculty and residents, considering a patient's pathophysiology (PC3)
  • 3) Describe preoperative, surgical and post-operative management of complex surgical diseases, including hepatic, biliary, pancreatic, gastrointestinal, trauma and oncologic surgery (MK4)
  • 4) Demonstrate basic knot-tying and wound closure (PC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observations)

Enrollment Information

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

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 70

Time Distribution: 90% Clinical; 10% Lecture

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Megan Rendina (mrendina@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH : "Permission only" please contact: Megan Rendina, Surgery Clerkship Coordinator at 274-7201 or mrendina@iupui.edu.

Third Year Elective? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None