IU School of Medicine



This elective is for fourth year medical students with an interest in pursuing residency training in general surgery. Students will function at the intern level on a busy clinical service, with exposure to advanced colorectal, gastrointestinal, and minimally invasive surgery. Individual clinical research projects will be encouraged. Students are required to do 4 weekend days a month of weekend rounds; 4 on calls per rotation, with at least one weekend day; and attend weekly conferences during the rotation.

Elective Details:

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

Director: Jennifer Choi, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

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

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Identify and select appropriate tests and treatments for a wide variety of complex GI disease including GI cancers at different stages (MK5)
  • 2) Interpret test results, especially radiological studies (PC3)
  • 3) Formulate a treatment plan for a patient, by the end of the rotation (PC3)
  • 4) Manage common preoperative and postoperative complications with direct supervision (MK4)
  • 5) Expand technical skills involving suturing, video-laparoscopy, and bedside procedures (PC5)
  • 6) Understand expectations of the surgical interns and residents (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation by faculty and residents. Potential exists for implementation of a written or oral exam to supplement the standard clinical observation).

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 70

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 10% Library; 10% Research

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? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: This service requires collaboration with interprofessional teams daily. This includes attending ward huddles several times weekly and this involves case management, social work, nursing and pharmacy. Further, these professionals are also engaged daily outside of the huddle necessitating understanding of the contribution of these team members with appropriate utilization and integration into the patient management.

Service Learning Included: None