Surgery Sub-Internship

University of Maryland School of Medicine: Senior Sub-Intership GSUR 546-01

Description and Goals:

In this four-week clinical elective, you will be a member of a trauma team at the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center. The Center is the clinical hub of the State of Maryland's system of emergency care, the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems. Each year, approximately 8,000 injured patients are admitted to the Center. Approximately 80% are admitted directly from the scene of injury via State Police Medevac Helicopter or ambulance and approximately 15% are transferred to the Center from other hospitals.

The Center is staffed and equipped to deliver state-of-the-art care to the critically injured. In addition, patients with conditions requiring hyperbaric medicine are treated. Care at the Center is multidisciplinary. The trauma teams are responsible for the resuscitation, diagnosis, and emergency trauma surgery management of all patients from admission to discharge. In addition, they are responsible for coordination of care with other specialties, including: orthopaedic surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, oral surgery, anesthesiology and critical care medicine. The student is expected to gain a basic knowledge of the priorities of trauma resuscitation, diagnosis, and acute care, and an understanding of post-acute care. Student activities are closely supervised by their team attending surgeons and fellows.

In addition to clinical activities, educational activities include daily lectures, bi-weekly M & M conferences and Grand Rounds lectures.

Students are assigned to 1 of 3 trauma teams and are expected to follow the same time-table as the fellows and residents on these teams. This means that one out of every 3 days the student is expected to stay in the hospital all night.

Visiting students interested in pursuing electives at the University of Maryland School of Medicine must apply through the Office of Student Affairs (OSA). All students must be in good academic standing and must be fourth-year medical students before starting their electives. Please contact Barbara Lindsay in the Office of Student Affairs at 410-706-7476 for information for applying for an elective or view the General Guidelines for Elective Application for Visiting Students.

For more information, please contact the Office of Physician Education at 410-328-3156.

Obtaining emergent consultation or transferring patients to the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center takes only OneCall, day or night, to 1-800-373-4111 or 410-328-1234

This page was last updated: October 2, 2013

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