IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93ST790 — ADULT THORACIC SURGERY


Students participating in this surgical elective will be given a broad overview of the practice of academic surgery at a university-based hospital. The student will participate in the preoperative, surgical and post-operative management of complex surgical diseases, including pulmonary and esophageal oncologic surgery. A student will participate in all aspects of patient care as a member of the surgical team. The elective will offer an exposure to the complexity and challenge of tertiary-care, thoracic surgery.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Pam Webb (pawebb@iupui.edu)

Director: Karen Rieger, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital (Indianapolis)

Other Faculty: Dr. Kenneth Kesler, Dr. Thomas Birdas, Dr. Mimi Ceppa

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Acquire a patient history and physical exam while focusing on specific aspects of thoracic surgical pathophysiology (PC1)
  • 2) Formulate patient care plans considering a patient's pathophysiology (PC3)
  • 3) Describe the preoperative, surgical and post-operative management of complex surgical diseases, including basic oncologic surgical principles for pulmonary and esophageal cancer (MK4)


  • 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: 40

Time Distribution: 95% Clinical; 5% Library

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Pam Webb (pawebb@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? Yes

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None