Thoracic Surgery

Sites: MGH
Director(s): Henning Gaissert, Alberto Puig, Motaz Qadan
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time every month. Except June, July and August.
Location: MGH - Mass. General Hospital (3)
Open to Exclerks: US/Canadian
Description: Medical students are exposed to the broad range of Thoracic Surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, including lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mediastinal tumors, tracheal diseases, benign esophageal disease, minimally invasive approaches and endoscopic techniques. Students are expected to attend daily rounds lead by the chief resident on all patients. You are encouraged to participate in the daily operative program and follow a small number of patients from operation to recovery. Weekly conferences and a seminar lead by attending staff enhance your understanding of thoracic surgical and oncologic topics. There is no night call. This course is suitable whether you consider a surgical career or simply an encounter with the extraordinary.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Weekly conferences involve presentation of relevant literature.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: Student is clearly superior with an excellent knowledge base, clinical skills far above average, dedication to patient care constantly demonstrated, and presents a topic at teaching rounds that is very well done. Honors: Superior student with excellent knowledge base and enthusiastic patient care. Satisfactory: Student attends all weekly rounds, conferences, OR sessions and has an average knowledge of common thoracic conditions. Unsatisfactory: Poor attitude or spotty attendance at rounds, the OR and teaching conferences.