IU School of Medicine



This rotation exposes the medical student to the clinical practice of general surgery as it is practiced at a Veteran's Hospital. It provides good exposure to the following topics in surgery: general surgery (hernias, gallbladders, laparoscopy/laparotomies), colorectal surgery (colorectal cancer, benign colorectal diseases, anorectal diseases), pancreaticobiliary (benign and malignant diseases), and some endocrine disease (thyroid, parathyroid) as well. Past students taking the rotation have been interested in a career in surgery, or perhaps simply desire more exposure to common topics in general surgery. The student will join the resident/student team for a one-month rotation at the Indianapolis Roudebush VA Medical Center. Responsibilities will include: rounding in the ICU's and hospital wards with the team of residents and nurse practitioners, assessing pre- & post-operative patients in clinic, helping evaluate inpatient and ER consults, scrubbing and assisting in the operating room, helping mentor and orient third-year medical students. If a student is considering a career in a surgical discipline, it is recommended that the student spend one or two nights on call, accompanying one of the team's residents when they are on call.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Nikola Bombard (Nikola.Bombard@va.gov)

Director: Josef E. Braun, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Roudebush VA Medical Center (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Acquire a patient history and physical exam while focusing on specific aspects of general surgical pathophysiology (PC1)
  • 2) Formulate patient care plans considering a patient's pathophysiology (PC3)
  • 3) Improve knowledge base of the preoperative, surgical and post-operative management of complex surgical processes, from gastrointestinal malignancy to routine outpatient general surgery (MK4)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (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: 95% Clinical; 5% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Nikola Bombard (Nikola.Bombard@va.gov) 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