Medical Student Rotations

M4 Junior Internship in General Surgery (SUR-45024)
Available for Visiting Students and UTHSC Students
​Clerkship Director: Dr. Julia Boll
Clerkship Coordinator: Alyssa Miller

We offer a fourth-year elective rotation in General Surgery through VSAS and available to UTHSC Medical Students. Students will have the opportunity to participate with experienced surgery faculty and our current residents in patient care and the operating room. This general surgery rotation is geared toward medical students who view surgery as their probable career choice and are considering our residency program. Students will spend a week at a time working closely with individual surgeons, while participating as members of the resident/housestaff team. Students will participate in 1-2 days of clinic, depending on the attending and OR time. In addition to daily morning rounds, students will participate in didactic conferences including Morbidity, Mortality, & Improvement, Surgical Education Conference, Medical Student Conference, Basic Science Conference, Skills/Sim Lab, Ward Rounds, Clinical Case Conference, Vascular Conference, and Tumor Board.

Visiting students will apply to this JI rotation (SUR-45024) via the Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS). Processing applications will take approximately 90 days, so be sure to apply early. No clerkship rotations will be offered from January - May. Visiting students must be enrolled in a LCME-accredited medical school. Students will be responsible for their own housing while in Nashville. Please contact the Clerkship Coordinator for visiting student housing options.



M4 Junior Internship in Vascular Surgery (SUR-40160)
Available for UTHSC Students only (prior approval required)
​Clerkship Director: Dr. Julia Boll
Clerkship Coordinator: Alyssa Miller

We offer a fourth-year elective rotation in Vascular Surgery for UTHSC students. Students will spend their four weeks working closely with individual vascular surgeons, while participating as functioning members of the house officer team. Students will enhance their physical examination with particular attention to the vascular system. Students will gain experience with and basic understanding and interpreting non-invasive and interventional vascular studies, including vascular lab studies (ultrasound and noninvasive physiologic studies), CT scan, MRI, and angiography. Students will improve knowledge of common vascular pathologies, including carotid artery stenosis, aortic aneurysm and peripheral vascular occlusive disease. Students will participate in 2-3 days in clinic over the course of the rotation, depending on the weekly schedule of inpatient duties and operative cases. Students will build on core surgical clerkship skills and improve basic open and endovascular surgical skills. They will have some responsibility for a minimum of 15 patients/week, with opportunities to see more based on their skill and interest level. Upon completion of this rotation, residents will be able to safely manage the initial care of patients with vascular problems. This will be demonstrated by the ability to use knowledge and skills to assess a patient's condition efficiently and accurately, prioritize the patient's needs, recognize when the patient's needs are beyond the knowledge and skills of the resident, and ensure that optimal care is provided at all times.



M3 Core Clerkship in Surgery (SUR-30000)​
Available for UTHSC Students only

Clerkship Director: Dr. Julia Boll
Clerkship Coordinator: Alyssa Miller

This eight-week clinical clerkship includes general surgery and vascular surgery rotations, as well as subspecialty experiences in plastic surgery, neurological surgery, and urology. The objective of this clerkship is to familiarize the student with the basic pathophysiologic, diagnostic, and therapeutic modalities involved in the art and science of surgery. The fundamentals taught in this rotation will be of benefit to students, even if they do not choose a field of surgery as a career. In addition to clinical involvement, each student will attend didactic conferences, including a lecture series delivered by the clerkship director, Simulation / Skills Lab, Basic Science Conference, Surgical Education Conference, Ward Rounds, Tumor Board, Vascular Conference, Clinical Case Conference, and Morbidity, Mortality, & Improvement. Housing will be provided for students at no cost. 


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