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110  Surgery Core Clerkship  (3 - 12 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): A. Campbell       Prerequisite(s): Third-year standing.

Restrictions: UCSF medical students only.       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

Students will and follow-up patient when they are admitted to the surgical service. Students are expected to take calls once a week and participate in team rounds, in clinics, and in the operating room. Students will work both in the inpatient service and the outpatient clinic. Students are expected to do work-ups on the patients who present with acute surgical illness.

130.01  Plastic Surgery Clinical Immersive Experience  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. McGrath       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical students in Foundations 2       Activities: Block Elective

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. Students will join the clinical team to provide care for Plastic Surgery patients in the operating room, hospital, and outpatient setting.

130.02  Colorectal Surgery  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Lin       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. This is a 2-week immersive experience in colorectal surgery, particularly designed for Parnassus Integrated Student Clinical Experience (PISCES) students.

130.03  Colorectal and Anorectal Diseases and Treatment  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Varma, H. Chern       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2       Activities: Block Elective

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. Anorectal complaints are common among patients of all ages in all clinical settings. This elective provides opportunities for students to learn common anorectal diseases and observe and participate in anorectal exams and office procedures.

130.04  Vascular and Podiatry Elective at the VA  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Lin       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. Students will have opportunities to recognize common diagnoses in vascular medicine, surgery and podiatric practice, observe common procedures, and compose treatment plans for these common conditions.

130.05A  Surgical Apprenticeship in General Surgery  (3 - 6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Lin       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. Students may choose from one of the following services: Transplant, General Surgery, or Breast Surgery. Students will work exclusively with a faculty member, with the main focus in the clinical setting.

130.05B  Surgical Apprenticeship- Breast  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): R. Mukhtar       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical students in Foundations 2       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. Students will be enrolled in Breast Surgery, where they will work exclusively with a faculty member, with the main clinical focus in the OR, clinic, and tumor board.

130.05C  Surgical Apprenticeship- Transplant  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): G. Roll       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. Students will be enrolled in Transplant Surgery, where they will work exclusively with a faculty member, with the main clinical focus in the OR, tumor board, organ selection committee, and organ procurement runs.

130.06  Vascular Surgery Elective  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Conte, L. Reilly       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. This course will provide an overview of the care and treatment of patients on the Vascular Surgery Service. Students will observe Vascular Faculty and Fellows in both out-patient and in-patient environments, as well as the operating room.

130.07  Innovation in Cardiac Surgery   (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): T. Deuse       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. This collaboration with several programs in Cardiology will expose students to patients in an inpatient setting, provide a chance to see both open surgical and transcatheter procedures, and a comprehensive view of state-of-the art cardiac care.

130.08  Endocrine Surgery  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): C. Seib       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical Students in Foundations 2       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. Each student will be paired with 2-3 endocrine surgeons and gain experience in the outpatient, inpatient, operating room, and tumor board setting. It will provide an integrated view on disciplines approaching complex endocrine diseases.

130.09  Kidney Transplant Surgery  (3 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): S. Syed, C. Freise       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: Medical students in Foundations 2       Activities: Clinical Clerkship

This is a Bridges Curriculum Clinical Immersive Experience (CIEx), which provide medical students in Foundations 2 opportunities to broaden and enhance their professional development in health care settings different from those of their core clerkships. This course is an opportunity for medical students to experience a multidisciplinary field. Students will gain insights into the surgical, medical, radiologic and pathologic aspects of kidney transplant surgery.

140.01B  Advanced General Surgery - Colorectal  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Varma       Prerequisite(s): Surgery 110, Medicine 110

Restrictions: None      

Clerkship provides an intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the practice of colorectal surgery; hands-on experience in the operating room, hospital floors, and clinic. Students will participate in pre/post operative care of patients with a wide range of disease of the colorectal system including colon, anal and rectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, anorectal diseases, and pelvic floor disease.

140.01C  Advanced Surgical Oncology  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): K. Kirkwood       Prerequisite(s): Surgery 110 and Medicine 110

Restrictions: 1 student per block.      

Provides intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the practice of surgical oncology; extensive experience in the operating room, ward, intensive care unit, and clinic. Students participate in pre/postoperative care of patients with a wide range of oncologic disease processes.

140.01E  Advanced Breast Surgery  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): C. Ewing       Prerequisite(s): Medicine 110 and Surgery 110.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Conference, Independent Study, Project

This clerkship provides an in-depth, comprehensive experience in the diagnosis and surgical treatment of patients with both benign breast disease and breast cancer. Both inpatient and outpatient care will be important components of breast disease, the importance of the preoperative evaluation of patients and establishment of an evidence-based approach to breast care will be integrated into the curriculum.

140.01F  Advanced General Surgery (ACMC)  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): J. Sadjadi       Prerequisite(s): Surgery 110 and Medicine 110.

Restrictions: None      

This clerkship provides an intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the practice of general surgery. This clerkship is structured so the student will serve as acting intern on the general surgery service and participate in the pre-operative evaluation, intraoperative management, and post operative care of surgical patients.

140.01G  Advanced General Surgery - Red  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Lin       Prerequisite(s): Medicine 110 and Surgery 110

Restrictions: None      

This clerkship provides an intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the practice of General Surgery (Hepatobiliary, Foregut, Beriatric and Endocrine) with hands-on experience in operating room, hospital floor (including ICU), clinic settings and in the evaluation of ER patients. The clerkship is structured so the students will participate in the pre and post operative care of patients.

140.02  Off-Campus Clerkship  (3 - 6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): A. Campbell       Prerequisite(s): Core curriculum in basic sciences and Medicine 110 or Surgery 110

Clinical clerkship in approved hospitals in other universities by special arrangement and approval of the chairperson of the department and the dean.

140.04  Advanced Vascular Surgery  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. Conte, L. Reilly       Prerequisite(s): Medicine 110, Surgery 110.

Restrictions: None      

Intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the practice of vascular surgery. Hands-on experience in the operating room, floor/ICU and clinic. Students will participate in the pre/post operative care of patients, in inpatient and outpatient settings. Exposure to the full range of vascular diseases and therapy (open operative and edovascular).

140.08  Advanced Clerkship in Endocrine Surgery  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): W. Shen       Prerequisite(s): SURGERY 110, MEDICINE 110

Restrictions: none       Activities: Block Elective

This clerkship provides an in-depth experience in Endocrine Surgery - specifically, the workup and management of surgical disorders of the thyroid/parathyroid/adrenal glands and the endocrine pancreas. Students will participate in the operating room, follow patients, and attend multiple outpatient clinics gaining hands-on experience in the diagnosis and treatment of patients with endocrine surgical disorders. Students expected to prepare a case presentation with accompanying discussion.

140.10  Advanced Cardiothoracic Surgery  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): J. Kukreja       Prerequisite(s): SURGERY 110 MEDICINE 110

Restrictions: None       Activities: Block Elective

This clerkship provides an intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the practice of cardiothoracic surgery with extensive experience in the OR, ward, clinic and ICU. Students will participate in the care of patients with acquired cardiovascular and thoracic disease, including coronary artery disease, valvular heart disease, diseases of the great vessels, and thoracic oncology w/ exposure to thoracic transplantation (heart/lung), ECMO and ventricular assist devices.

140.12  Advanced Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): M. McGrath       Prerequisite(s): Surgery 110

Restrictions: 4th year medical student standing.       Activities: Conference, Independent Study, Project

This clerkship provides an intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the practice of plastic surgery. There is hands-on experience in the operating room and clinic. Students will participate in the care of patients with congenital anomalies, traumatic deformities, acquired defects requiring reconstruction including free tissue transfer and hand surgery, and patients choosing to have elective surgery.

140.14  Advanced Surgical ICU - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): I. Adelaja       Prerequisite(s): Surgery 110

Restrictions: 4th year standing.      

This clerkship offers experience in the management of pre and postoperative critical surgical illness in a very busy surgical ICU. The student is an acting intern on the SICU service. The clerkship is structured so the students will actively participate in evaluation and management of patients requiring invasive hemodynamic monitoring, treatment for sepsis and septic shock, mechanical ventilation, intracranial pressure monitoring metabolic and nutritional therapy and renal replacement therapy.

140.15  Burn Surgery - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): W. Dominic, I. Adelaja       Prerequisite(s): Surgery 110

Restrictions: 4th year standing.       Activities: Lecture, Clinical Experience/Patient Contact, Block Elective

This clerkship provides intensive burn exposure at a Regional Burn Center. Learn burn wound care, infection control of burns, resuscitative management and hemodynamic monitoring with emphasis on appropriate nutritional and metabolic support.

140.17  Pediatric Surgery  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): B. Padilla       Prerequisite(s): Surgery 110 and Medicine 110

Restrictions: 1 Student per block.      

Intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the practice of pediatric surgery with hands-on experience in the operating room and clinic. Students will participate in the care of patients with congenital anomalies, childhood tumors and other acquired childhood illnesses. This course aims to incorporate the student as a team member in Pediatric Surgery.

140.18  Advanced Solid Organ Transplantation  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): P. Stock       Prerequisite(s): Medicine 110, Surgery 110

Restrictions: 1 student per block.      

Intensive exposure to diseased and live donor kidney, liver and pancreas transplantation. Students participate in the pre-operative evaluation and management, intraoperative management, and post-operative care (including immune monitoring) of transplant recipients and donors. Participate on clinical rounds, attend teaching conferences and seminars. The student will scrub in on organ donor operations as well as organ transplants.

140.19  Advanced General Surgery - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): I. Adelaja       Prerequisite(s): Surgery 110

Restrictions: 4th year standing.      

This clerkship provides an intensive exposure to a broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the practice of general surgery (i.e. biliary, gastrointestinal, pancreatic, endocrine, etc.). The students will serve as acting interns and obtain hands-on experience in the OR, ICU, ward and clinic setting and in the evaluation of ER patients. They will participate in the pre & post operative, and post hospital care of patients. Competency based evaluations are done upon completion of the clerkship.

140.21  Advanced Trauma Surgery - Fresno  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): I. Adelaja, J. Davis       Prerequisite(s): Surgery 110

Restrictions: 4th year standing.       Activities: Conference

This clerkship is an extensive exposure at a level I Trauma Center caring for a broad spectrum of blunt and penetrating injuries. The students serve as active interns evaluating and managing emergency surgery and trauma patients in the ED, OR and ICU. Students will learn the principles of Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS).

140.22  Advanced Trauma / General Surgery  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): A. Campbell       Prerequisite(s): Surgery 110 and Medicine 110

Restrictions: None      

Intensive exposure to the broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the practice of general and trauma surgery at a Level 1 Trauma Center with hands-on experience in ED, operating room, hospital floor (including ICU), and clinic settings. Students will participate in the pre- and post-operative care of patients with a wide range of trauma and acute surgical emergencies.

140.23  Advanced Surgical Critical Care  (6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): J. Sadjadi       Prerequisite(s): Completion of all third year clinical clerkships.

Restrictions: Limited to two students per block.      

Clinical activity full time. 4th year student will be an acting intern on the surgical ICU Service and participate in all aspects of caring for surgical patients in the ICU.

150.01  Research in Surgery  (3 - 24 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): A. Nijagal       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Restrictions: none       Activities: Field Work, Laboratory, Project

Opportunities for research in one of the departmental laboratories by arrangement with the instructor.

160.02  OR Assist: Beginner Surgical Skills  (1.5 units)   Winter, Spring

Instructor(s): M. Lin       Prerequisite(s): Approval by faculty. Must be a medical student.

Restrictions: Instructor approval.       Activities: Lecture

Operating Room (OR) Assist is an elective to provide medical students with an opportunity to participate in surgical procedures at UCSF affiliated Operating Rooms. Students will be expected to sign up for a minimum of three evening or weekend shifts in the Operating Room resulting in a total of 22 clinical hours.

160.03  OR Assist: Clinical Experience  (0.5 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): M. Lin       Prerequisite(s): SURGERY 160.02.

Restrictions: Medical students only.      

Operating Room (OR) Assist: Clinical Experience is an elective that provides medical students with the opportunity to participate in surgical procedures at UCSF affiliated operating rooms. Students will be paired with a surgical mentor and scrub in on a minimum of 3 surgeries. Review sessions on surgical skills, gowning, gloving, sterile procedures and operating room etiquette will be provided.

160.07  Surgery Donor Runs  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): G. Roll, A. Posselt, C. Freise, N. Ascher, P. Stock, R. Hirose, S. Feng, S. Kang, J. Roberts       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.      

The medical student will be invited to participate in donor runs for retrieval of intra thoracic and intra abdominal organs for transplant. The student will scrub in on organ donor operations. Anatomy is an important component of medical student education. Though partially addressed by exposure to cadavers, the dynamic interaction with brain dead heat beating donors is a much more realistic opportunity for learning.

160.08  The Organ Transplant Experience  (1 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): G. Roll, J. Roberts       Prerequisite(s): None.

Restrictions: None.       Activities: Lecture, Clinical Experience/Patient Contact, Web-based course work

This elective offers medical students the opportunity to develop longitudinal relationships with transplant recipients and their medical teams. Each student will follow a kidney transplant donor and recipient pair from their pre-op evaluations, through their operations, post-operative recovery, and followup appointments. Each student will participate in the care of a transplant donor and recipient and become more knowledgeable about the process of organ transplantation and donation.

160.10  Cardiothoracic and Vascular Interventions  (1 - 1.5 units)   Fall

Instructor(s): S. Vartanian, M. Grenon       Prerequisite(s): N/A

Restrictions: N/A       Activities: Lecture, Clinical Experience/Patient Contact

The course will introduce students to the anatomic and physiologic correlations associated with the clinical syndromes of peripheral vascular disease, cerebrovascular diseases, as well as other specific topics in cardiology. Through a multi-disciplinary approach (vascular surgery, interventional radiology and interventional cardiology), endovascular and surgical approaches to the treatment of these diseases will be highlighted, and critical research questions and methodologies will be explored.

160.11  Intermediate Surgical Training for Medical Students  (1 units)   Fall, Winter

Instructor(s): M. Lin       Prerequisite(s): None

Restrictions: None       Activities: Lecture, Clinical Experience/Patient Contact

Medical students who completed the OR Assist- Surgical Training for Medical Students (Surgery 160.02) are invited to improve and practice their basic surgical knot tying and suturing skills. Students will attend five additional classes in the Surgical Skills Lab taught by attendings and residents in the surgery department, and are expected to practice outside of these sessions with their own equipment. A final assessment will be held at the completion of the course.

160.12  Advanced Surgical Training for Medical Students  (1 units)   Winter

Instructor(s): M. Lin       Prerequisite(s): OR Assist-Surgical Training for Medical Students (Surgery 160.02) AND Intermediate Surgical Training for Medical Students (Surgery 160.11)

Restrictions: N/A       Activities: Clinical Experience/Patient Contact, Independent Study

Medical students who completed Surgery 160.02 AND Surgery 160.11 are invited to build upon the skills learned in previous electives such as knot tying, suturing, cautery, and laparoscopy. Students will attend four sessions in the Surgical Skills Lab taught by attendings and residents in the surgery department, and are expected to practice outside of these sessions with their own equipment. Students will receive feedback from attendings to help prepare for clerkships and careers in surgery.

160.13  Introduction to Plastic Surgery  (1 units)   Spring

Instructor(s): M. McGrath       Prerequisite(s): N/A

Restrictions: N/A       Activities: Lecture, Clinical Experience/Patient Contact

Introduction to Plastic Surgery is an evening, one-hour session that serves to provide students with an introduction to the field of plastic surgery. Each week, an expert will give a lecture on an aspect of the specialty, ranging from burn injury to skin and soft tissue lesions. Students will also learn about plastic surgery residency programs, including the requirements and application process, the day-to-day life of a plastic surgeon, and maintaining work-life balance.

160.14  Introduction to Aerospace Medicine  (1 units)   Fall, Winter

Instructor(s): M. Grenon       Prerequisite(s): N/A

Restrictions: Only students from the School of Medicine       Activities: Lecture

This course will introduce medical students to the fields of aerospace medicine and medicine in extreme environments, including reviewing the venues for training in aerospace medicine, clinical problems related to spaceflight, and critical research areas for future space exploration. One-hour seminars will be hosted by UCSF resident and visiting faculty members with expertise in aerospace medicine.

198  Supervised Study  (1 - 6 units)   Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer

Instructor(s): Staff       Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor.

Restrictions: None       Activities: Laboratory, Block Elective

Library research and directed reading under supervision of a member of the faculty with the approval of the chairperson of the department.