Scope and Objectives

The Department of Surgery instructs medical students during all four years of medical school. Students are expected to obtain broad knowledge of diseases treated by surgical means and to understand the pathophysiology of these conditions, the therapy that may be applied, and the anticipated results of treatment. They are also encouraged to learn about the effects of surgical illness on the patient and the patient’s family and environment.

Third-year students participate in one 12-week core clerkship in clinical surgery and are assigned to rotations at a combination of Cedars-Sinai, Harbor-UCLA, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, Olive View-UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA medical centers; UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica; and VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System. Each facility has a special orientation depending on the patient population and the individual staff. During the fourth year students may elect to take additional clinical rotations with increasing responsibilities. Additional in-depth elective courses are offered in collaboration with other departments.

For more details on the Department of Surgery and courses offered, see the department website.