Mission Hospital was recently recognized by the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program as in the top 10% nationally. The trauma service admits more than 3,000 patients annually and the emergency department visits total more than 100,000 yearly. The eight trauma physicians are all certified in general surgery and critical care and care for trauma, emergency surgery, and the patients in the neurotrauma intensive care unit.
The Surgical Intensive Care Rotation is a four-week elective at Mission Hospital under the direction of the trauma service. The student will act as an intern and will be responsible for evaluating and following critically ill patients in the neurotrauma ICU. These patients include multi-system trauma patients, neurology and neurosurgical patients, and general surgery, colorectal and hepatobiliary patients. The student will participate daily in multidisciplinary rounds and, as new patients present, the student will assist in their evaluation, resuscitation, and ongoing management. Opportunity will exist for students to participate in bedside procedures such as arterial lines, central venous catheters, tracheostomies, and PEG tube placements. While there may be an occasional opportunity to assist in the operating room, this is primarily a nonsurgical rotation.
The Emergency General Surgery Acting Internship Rotation is a four-week elective at Mission Hospital under the direction of the emergency general surgery service. The student will act as an intern and will be responsible for evaluating patients in the emergency department, assisting in their surgeries, and caring for them on the floor. The student will encounter common general surgery conditions including bowel obstructions, cholecystitis, appendicitis, diverticulitis, and hernias, and will gain an understanding of the differential diagnosis of the acute abdomen. The student will work as part of a team that includes an attending, both a senior and junior resident, and a third-year medical student.
The Hepatobiliary and Surgical Oncology Acting Internship Rotation is a four-week elective at Mission Hospital. The student will act as an intern and will be responsible for evaluating patients in both the emergency department and throughout the hospital as consults are requested, assisting in their surgeries, and caring for them on the floor. The student will encounter advanced disease including hepatic, biliary and pancreatic neoplasms as well as necrotizing pancreatitis and other benign hepatobiliary and pancreatic processes. The student will work as part of a team that may include an attending along with senior and junior residents as well as a third-year medical student. In order to provide continuity of care, the student will be expected to attend clinic as requested by the attending surgeon.