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Medical Education

Colorectal Surgery Elective

Objectives

Students will spend 2 – 4 weeks on the colorectal service to develop skills in surgical and medical problem solving; acquire knowledge and its application in evaluating patients with benign and malignant disease; provide broad exposure to operative techniques, clinical research, and tumor immunotherapy. Students participate in the preoperative, operative and postoperative care of colorectal patients. 

Learning Experience

Students will develop a working and understanding of a wide range of colon, rectal and anal surgical maladies, which includes robotic and laparoscopic approaches to benign and malignant disease. Develop skills in surgical and medical oncology problem solving; acquire knowledge and its application in evaluating patients with oncologic disease; provide broad exposure to operative techniques, clinical research, tumor immunotherapy and an opportunity to develop clinical research and technical skills. There is a robust clinical simulation laboratory led by Dr. Rebecca Rhee including colonoscopy simulation and upper GI simulation. The students spend one hour each week at a multidisciplinary tumor board that includes gastroenterology, radiation oncology, genetics, pathology and surgical oncology (Tuesday 7am to 8am, Saltzman Auditorium, Maimonides Medical Center). All preoperative cases are reviewed and discussed.

Feedback and Evaluation

Daily interaction. Evaluation at the completion of the elective.