IU School of Medicine



The goals of the elective are to allow students interested in general surgery, pediatric surgery and/or pediatrics to have a significant exposure to this discipline. This experience will include participation in patient care, teaching rounds, outpatient clinics, attendance at didactic lectures, and operating room experience. Students should gain experience in the management of infants and children with congenital anomalies, cancer and trauma, and learn the qualitative and quantitative differences between infants and children as compared to the adult in regard to surgical management.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Alan Ladd, MD (aladd@iupui.edu)

Director: Alan Ladd, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health (Indianapolis)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Recognize the basic pathophysiology, to efficiently evaluate, and to apply basic concepts of surgical care and/or intervention to common pediatric surgery disorders (MK3)
  • 2) Assess patients with common pediatric surgical diseases and to formulate basic patient care plans (PC3)
  • 3) Identify the rigors and rewards of a general surgery residency and career while participating as a member of the health care team (SBP1)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form; (Clinical Observation and Case Presentation)

Enrollment Information

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

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 60

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 20% Lecture

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Alan Ladd, MD (aladd@iupui.edu) This elective may be dropped/added within 15 days notice to the Dean's Office. 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: None

Service Learning Included: None