Surgical Bootcamp

Director(s): Katharyn Atkins, Alok Gupta, Charles Parsons
Location: BIDMC - BI-Deaconess Medical Center (5)
Open to Exclerks: No (HMS only)
Description: Surgery Boot Camp is an interactive, practically based curriculum designed to prepare fourth year medical students for surgical internship by helping students develop clinical skills in a safe, structured setting. Over a four week period, students will engage with surgical residents, attendings, nurse practitioners, and ancillary staff in a surgically dedicated learning environment. The curriculum will revolve around equipping students with skills to perform common operating room and emergency procedures, making sound decisions regarding peri-operative floor and ICU management, understanding surgical anatomy, and improving effective communication so they can easily transition to and excel in their first year of surgical training. Special emphasis will be given to practice-based learning, with daily hands-on sessions including suture and knot-tying drills, trauma and emergency scenarios, and laparoscopy skills. Students will be expected to take “mock” home pager calls in which post-operative scenarios will be presented to the students and they will be required to think and respond quickly under pressure. Upon completion of this course, students will have reviewed, significantly extended, and refined their knowledge of surgical procedures. Participants will gain hands-on experience with common challenges faced by surgical interns and be equipped to avoid pitfalls and raise their overall confidence as they enter surgical internship.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
While most of the course has been designed as a practical course using the skills lab, specific lectures divided over 28 hours have been formulated to include a direct transition from basic science to applied surgical concepts in a structured clinical setting. Basic science and evidence-based medicine are incorporated into multiple didactic lectures regarding antibiotic use in surgery, common medications, and concepts such as nutrition and sepsis. In addition to lecture format, evidence-based medicine is applied in practical sessions on surgical procedures, management of specific disease states, as well as recent advances and future developments in surgery.
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