SURG 7515

Acting Internship Vascular Surgery


Yvonne Christensen
Course Coordinator

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Catalog Description:  This course will provide instruction and advanced experience in vascular surgery for the student who has completed a basic internship or clerkship in surgery. Students taking this course can expect to participate directly in patient care at a level of responsibility that is similar to a first year intern. The student will work with their assigned team under the supervision of the faculty and will participate fully in the care of patients on the hospital wards and in the ICUs, operating room and clinics.


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Site Code

Site Name



UMMC - East Bank


Required session attendance: Monday 3:30-5:00 PM Vascular Preop Conference; Tuesday 7:00-8:30 AM Surgery M& M and Grand Rounds; Thursday 7:00-9:00 AM Vascular Surgery Conferences

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: M-F, 5:30am-5:00pm. No overnight or home call, although the student may volunteer to return to the hospital to observe interesting cases during overnight hours. All hours and schedules are at the discretion of the attending and/or resident on service and may not exceed 80 hours per week.

Direct patient care: Yes

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

SURG Arranged Electives Form

Course Objectives: 

Patient Care

  • To perform a thorough admission History and Physical examination for patients with non-cardiac vascular disease
  • To be able to appropriately prepare the vascular patient for intervention or operation
  • To provide appropriate postoperative care for the vascular patient
  • To participate in operative and interventional procedures in the operating room and in the interventional suite
  • To gain familiarity with the use of surgical equipment as well as gain competence in use of basic technical skills

Medical Knowledge

  • To develop a fund of knowledge concerning pathophysiology, fundamental surgical principles and underlying anatomy of common vascular disorders
  • To demonstrate accurate diagnosis of common comorbid conditions of the vascular patient
  • To competently interpret common vascular imaging studies

Practice-based Learning and Improvement

  • To demonstrate self-directed learning

Interpersonal and Communication Skills

  • To be able to communicate effectively and demonstrate caring and respectful behaviors when interacting with patients and their families
  • To be able to communicate with peers, allied health professionals, and the general public


  • To maintain a sense of professional integrity between colleagues and patients and their families

Systems-based Practice

  • To have an awareness of how one’s own practice interfaces with the institution in which one practices

A detailed breakdown of competencies, goals, objectives and activities can be found here.

Graded Components: Clinical assessment by faculty

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


Course Personnel: Erin Acton,

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No

Course equivalency: N/A

Related curricular experience: N/A

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