SURG 7526

Acting Intern Pediatric Surgery


Yvonne Christensen
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Catalog Description: The Pediatric Surgical Service at the University of Minnesota is a team involved in the preoperative, operative and postoperative care of surgical and potentially surgical diseases on neonates, infants, children and adolescents. The student physician will participate in all aspects of patient care including initial evaluation, performance of detailed history and physical examinations, initiation and evaluation of diagnostic laboratory and radiologic testing, and the formulation of plans of resuscitation and patient care. The student will be supervised and will report to the resident and attending surgeon during this process. The student physician will attend and assist in the operative care of patients in the operating room and be familiar with the general indications and techniques of the surgical procedures being performed. The student will assist in the formulation of the postoperative plan of care, perform daily rounds and ward care as needed and assist in discharge planning.

Additional duties include participation in outpatient clinics, exposure to pediatric and neonatal intensive care units, and emergency evaluation of pediatric trauma patients. The student is encouraged and required to attend all teaching conferences as scheduled.


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Site Name



M Health Fairview Masonic Children's Hospital


Required session attendance:

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F and one weekend day per week.  Time of morning rounds varies based on clinical needs, but will typically start at 6:00am.  The day finishes between 3:00-8:00pm, depending on the clinical needs.  Students are expected to be available for interesting cases that may arrive during the nights.

Direct patient care: Yes

Consent Requirement: Arranged.  Please submit a request to schedule using the form linked below.

SURG Arranged Electives Form

Course Objectives: The student will gain exposure and experience in:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skills in physical examination in children with pediatric surgical diseases, to include relevant prenatal events.
  • Describe principles of fluid and nutrition therapy.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of appropriate radiologic studies.
  • Demonstrate an organized approach to the evaluation and treatment of an injured child.
  • Learn the principles of decision making regarding the timing of surgery, preparation and imaging of neonates requiring correction of complex congenital anomalies.
  • Learn the unique patholgoy, presentation, staging and the role of chemotherapy and surgical therapy for childhood solid organ tumors.
  • Learn interviewing and examination techniques in an outpatient setting that allow accurate transmission of information in an age appropriate, non-threatening way. Learn to respect the family unit, anticipate questions and explain physical findings and their surgical implications

Graded Components: 

  • Clinical assessment by attending

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


Course Personnel: Lisa Iverson,

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No

Course equivalency: N/A

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