Medical Students (3rd and 4th Year) - Crozer-Keystone Health System - PA

Medical Students (3rd and 4th Year)

Crozer offers clerkship opportunities to students from various medical schools across the nation.

Third Year Medical Students

  • Temple University School of Medicine
  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)

Fourth Year Medical Students

  • All Institutions

Physician Assistant Students (Surgical)

  • Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)


The educational goals of the surgery clerkship are to provide the third year medical student with an exposure to common surgical problems, develop basic clinical decision-making skills in this patient population applicable to future practice, provide technical skills appropriate for a third year student, and provide students an experience that allows them to evaluate surgery as a future career choice. 

Learning Objectives

  1. Upon completion of the surgery clerkship all students are expected to have seen patients undergoing:
    • Evaluation of abdominal pain
    • Gastrointestinal surgery
    • Cancer surgery
    • Hernia repair
    • Resuscitation from shock
  2. Upon completion of the surgery clerkship all medical students should be able to:
    • Recognize common surgical problems and construct appropriate diagnostic management and referral algorithms for each condition.
    • Assess suitability for surgery of patients referred with common surgical problems.
    • Recognize the most common surgical emergencies that require urgent surgical consultation.
    • Apply the principles of resuscitation to a patient in shock.
    • Demonstrate professional attitudes and values towards colleagues and patients.
    • Perform as an effective member of a surgical team at a third-year student level.
    • Elicit and present a history and physical in a format appropriate for surgical patients.

Curriculum and Schedules

During the clerkship, students work in a variety of settings. Crozer offers three teaching services: General Surgery, Vascular, and Trauma/Acute Care Surgery. We also offer elective rotations in Ophthalmology, Urology, Orthopedics, Burn Unit, ENT, and Anesthesia.

The surgical curriculum will be taught by a combination of didactic and clinical teaching. However the greatest opportunities for learning surgery will take place in the operating room, the clinic and at the bedside. We would strongly encourage you to consider these clinical activities a priority. Important learning opportunities include Morning Report, Resident Teaching Conference, Mortality and Morbidity Conference and Surgery Grand Rounds. The student lectures in the afternoon take priority over the OR unless special permission is granted and approved through the clerkship director. 

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