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8-Week Clinical Experience


The eight week Operative/Peri-Operative Care (OPC) Clerkship is a clinical experience that introduces students to basic principles of surgery, anesthesia, and other perioperative related problems. Its curriculum is defined by learning objectives and encompasses inpatient-hospital and outpatient-office experiences. Students gain experience in both clinical anesthesiology, general surgery, and sub-specialty surgery while studying surgical disease processes and therapeutic procedures in the perioperative setting. The course focuses on the assessment and perioperative management of patients undergoing routine surgery from initial referral to discharge. During the clerkship, students evaluate and follow patients, function as members of the patient-care team providing pre- and post-operative evaluation and management, and participate in surgical and anesthetic procedures.
OPC Go​als (PDF with objectives)​
  • Develop the knowledge, attitude, and skills appropriate to care for adults who present with symptoms or problems commonly seen in general surgery.
  • Develop the knowledge and clinical skills necessary to assess and manage surgical wounds.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to provide sterile technique and appropriately use personal protective equipment.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to evaluate a patient with a chief complaint of abdominal pain.
  • Identify and interpret common diagnostic imaging tests for peri-operative patients presenting with common surgical complaints.
  • Formulate clinical questions and retrieve evidence to advance knowledge base.
  • Present a concise and well-focused surgical patient consultation.
  • Recognize a patient requiring urgent or emergent surgical care.
  • Develop an awareness for the potential post-operative complications of surgical therapy.
  • Develop a longitudinal understanding of patient disease complexes that must be managed for safe surgical and anesthetic care including ASA classification.
  • Develop clinical skills associated with anesthesia.
  • Develop the knowledge and skills necessary to practice an evidence-based approach to medical care.
  • Develop skills and knowledge used in the operating room to keep patients safe and comfortable during surgery (including - ventilation strategies, ASA monitors, induction agents, maintenance agents, emergence criteria, and neuromuscular blockade/reversal).
  • Develop the knowledge, attitude and skills appropriate to care for adults who present with symptoms or problems commonly seen in the pre-operative setting.
  • Develop skills and knowledge used in the operating room and PACU to make the recovery period after surgery safer and more comfortable for the patient.
  • Develop skills and knowledge used in the pre-operative period to make the operative setting safer for patients.
  • Develop an appreciation of the importance of team based care in the operating room.
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