IU School of Medicine



This course is designed to provide instruction on topics and skills that are clinically relevant to students pursuing a surgical internship. The didactic schedule includes interactive lectures, collaborative activities, group discussions, and skills sessions that provide the student with advanced core material essential to the care and management of the surgical patients. Material covered includes but is not limited to: •pre-operative assessment •obtaining informed consent •anesthesia considerations •post-operative analgesic therapy •fluid/electrolyte management •nutritional support •antibiotic prophylaxis/therapy •wound assessment and care •coagulation disorders/DVT prophylaxis •blood product transfusion •surgically relevant Radiology •surgical complications •teaching strategies •communication Additional sessions: •cadaver dissections/operations •laparoscopic skills •simulated pages/nurse calls •ultrasound instruction •OR etiquette •instrument recognition •basic procedures •stress management

Elective Details:

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

Director: Katie Jo Stanton-Maxey, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IUSM - Indianapolis

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Demonstrate appropriate skills in preparing for surgery (OR protocol)(PC5)
  • 2) Apply surgical principles to operative and clinical scenarios (MK4)
  • 3) Perform basic surgical procedures (PC5)


  • Professional Development Evaluation Form; Course grade is largely determined on participation in all scheduled activities

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 30

Time Distribution: 5% Clinical; 50% Lecture, 5% Library, 40% Skills Lab

Elective Type Category: PD - Professional Development

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? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None