ANAT 7800

Integrated Preparation for Internship


Dr. James Harmon
Course Director

Dr. Mike Walker

Curriculum Focus
Clinical Level
MS Year
Terms Offered


Catalog Description: ANAT 7800 (Integrated Preparation for Internship) is a four week clerkship to enhance preparation for internship. The course includes instruction in the SimPortal and in the anatomy lab in a simulated operating room environment. The course integrates practical internship skills and knowledge with clinical and basic sciences reviews. Other topics include inter-disciplinary competence, managing stress, finances, ethics, legal pitfalls, and professionalism.

The course is directed primarily to Year 4 students entering internships in surgery and the surgical specialties; however medical students entering Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, and other specialties are welcome. Subject to available space, select Year 3 students may be admitted with special permission.

In summary, Anatomy 7800 has six functions: (1) to prepare students for their surgical internship; (2) to provide an understanding of the scientific basis of the care of the surgical patient; (3) to have students reintegrate Year 1 and 2 basic sciences with Year 3 and 4 clinical knowledge; (4) to provide experience with selected surgical procedures and techniques; (5) to familiarize students with operating room roles, responsibilities, and procedures; and (6) to review surgically relevant anatomy.


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Unspecified Site for Academic/Research Purposes

Jackson Hall (5th Floor)

Required session attendance: 

Typical weekly schedule/Delivery Mode: Weekly Schedule: 4 hours SimPortal, 9 hours anatomy lab, 4 hours ACLS or ultrasound, 4 hours ILT, 16 hours didactic/presentations etc.

Direct patient care: No

Consent Requirement:  Open to student scheduling

Course Objectives: By the end of this rotation, students will be able to:

  • Students will become familiar with basic surgical techniques including suturing, knot tying, and vascular and GI anastomosis.
  • Students will become familiar with and demonstrate competence in the management of common emergency scenarios and procedures.
  • Students will become familiar with the perioperative evaluation and care of the surgical patient and the physiological, anatomical, and biochemical foundations of surgical care.
  • Through a simulated operating room environment, Students will learn standard operating room procedures, resource management, roles, and teamwork.
  • Students will gain experience with working in the inter-professional environment.

Graded Components:

  • One-on-One Faculty Assessment
  • Written exams
  • Individual class presentations
  • Simulated Operative Reports
  • Lab Practical Exam

Grading Scale: H/E/S/N


Course Personnel: Robert Acton

Allow repetition of course: Repetition not allowed

Limited to Student Type: No

Course equivalency: N/A

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