The fourth-year medical student clerkship in surgery at Lankenau Medical
Center uses the same core curriculum as the third-year clerkship but
with significantly more responsibilities and flexibility. The
fourth-year clerk will be responsible for evaluating more patients,
following them through the operating room and postoperatively, similar
to the experience of the first-year resident. He or she will be more
involved in the operating room, including opportunities to do more
suturing and minor procedures.
His or her assignments will be flexible, i.e., choosing work with a
single attending surgeon or mentor, or working with one or both surgical
teams as a functioning intern or first-year resident. The student will
have more flexibility in viewing operations of his or her choice and
rotating on various subspecialty services.
Night call for fourth-year clerks is not mandatory but encouraged. A
fourth-year clerk is not required to stay overnight or sleep in the
hospital but could certainly do so if desired. Sleeping facilities are
To obtain honors designation, a fourth-year clerk would be required to
research and write and/or report on a specific surgical topic of his or
her choice. To gain the most from this rotation, enthusiasm, a certain
amount of aggressiveness, and independence are required.
Please contact the Department of Surgery at 484-476-2169 with your
inquiries about the clerkship.
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