Medical Student Electives
Several excellent opportunities exist for a clinical experience by senior medical students at UC Davis Medical Center. Electives during the period of July 1 through January 31, for the most part, are filled with students interested in applying to the general surgery residency program. We place a high priority on the opportunity to observe applicants functioning as acting interns.
(SUR 460) Plastic Surgery
Clinical Plastic Surgery Elective
Physician in Charge: Thomas Stevenson, M.D.
He/she learns principles of wound management and has the opportunity to deal with major reconstructive problems through management of flaps and microvascular techniques.
(SUR 461) Burn Unit
Physician in Charge: David Greenhalgh, M.D.
The student functions as an acting intern in the 12-bed burn unit and the 80-bed Shriners Hospital for Children. He/she learns principles of critical care, fluid and electrolyte resuscitation and management of surgical wounds. There is the opportunity to participate in surgical procedures related to burn care and to develop manual skills during these procedures.
(SUR 462) Trauma Service
Physician in Charge: Lynette Scherer, M.D.
The student works as an acting intern on one of the two general surgery trauma teams, participating in the management of critically injured patients. Team hours consist of 24 hours on, 24 hours off. This is an extremely active trauma unit affording the student an opportunity to develop skills in the evaluation and resuscitation of the injured patient as well as perfecting his/her understanding of the physiology of shock and injury and its rational therapy.
(SUR 463) Critical Care
Physician in Charge: James W. Holcroft, M.D.
The student participates in the direct supervision of critically ill surgical patients in the surgery S.I.C.U. Each student is closely supervised by attending physicians. This elective provides for in-depth experience with management of critically ill patients and provides a firm basis in surgical physiology.
(SUR 467) Surgical Oncology
Physician in Charge: Richard Bold, M.D.
Students work as part of the Surgical Oncology team learning the medical and surgical principles applicable to cancer. He/she participates in the care of major surgical oncologic problems and has the opportunity to learn the medical, radiologic and surgical approaches to cancer therapy.
(SUR 468) Cardiothoracic Surgery
Physician in Charge: Staff
The student works as an acting intern, participating in perioperative management and operations on the heart, lungs, mediastinum and other thoracic structures. Regularly scheduled teaching conferences are conducted.
(SUR 471) Gastrointestinal Surgery
Physician in Charge: Hung Ho, M.D.
The service provides in-depth experiences in the diagnosis and treatment of benign and malignant diseases of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, small bowel, colon and rectum, as well as disorders of the liver, biliary tract, pancreas and spleen. The primary emphasis of the student and junior housestaff is on diagnosis, preoperative and postoperative care of patients with G.I. problems under the direction of the chief resident and the attending faculty.
(SUR 472) Vascular Surgery
Physician in Charge: Misty Humphries, M.D.
Students experience inpatient and outpatient care of patients with vascular diseases and injuries. An orientation to the vascular laboratory is provided. Education includes clinical, OR, and Cath Lab participation, simulation, and didactic instruction.
(SUR 475) Pediatric Surgery
Physician in Charge: Staff
This represents an outstanding clinical service and affords students active involvement in care of patients with neonatal congenital surgical problems, fluid and electrolyte management in infants, and a general experience in acquired surgical diseases in children.
Should you be interested in enrolling in general surgery electives, please download application directions at the Visiting Student admission page.
Student Course Coordinator
UC Davis Medical Center
Surgery Housestaff Office
Suite OP 512 Pavilion
2315 Stockton Boulevard
Sacramento, CA 95817
Fax (916) 734-5633