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3rd Year Medical Students
Core Surgery Clerkship
Clerkship Structure and Site Information
The surgery clerkship is structured so that you will spend 4 weeks at two different sites (UH, Morristown, Cooperman Barnabas, VA, Jersey City, Newark Beth Israel, Jersey City). The experiences are designed to provide exposure to two different hospital settings with variable operating room, outpatient and inpatient experiences. Specific team assignments for the sites are planned in order to avoid overlap in the clinical experience (i.e. to avoid being assigned to vascular surgery at two different sites). During the rotation, you will have 3 calls scheduled for each 4 week block. We will review the requirements for call during orientation, as it varies amongst sites and teams.
In order to guide you when making your selections, please note the following site abbreviations and team assignments:
Morristown Medical Center (located in Morristown); large community hospital with independent general surgery residency and several teams to rotate on (trauma, general, oncology, etc. – team assignments are made at the site)
East Orange Veteran Association Medical Center (located in East Orange); small community hospital for veterans with Rutgers NJMS general surgery residents, this site is slower paced and has general and vascular surgery experience with ample time dedicated to teaching
Jersey City Medical Center (located in Jersey City); small sized community hospital with Rutgers NJMS general surgery residents, this site has trauma, general surgery and some surgical sub-specialties. Students spend the majority of their time on one team.
Cooperman Barnabas Medical Center (located in Livingston), previously named Saint Barnabas Medical Center; large university-affiliated hospital with Rutgers NJMS general surgery residents, this site has several busy surgical services (renal transplant, general surgery, colorectal, breast, etc. – team assignments are made at the site)
Newark Beth Israel (located in Newark); moderate-sized community hospital with mixed Rutgers NJMS and independent general surgery residents, this site has two surgical services (pediatric, general, MIS, etc. – team assignments are made at the site)
University Hospital (located in Newark); large academic center with Rutgers NJMS general surgery residents, team assignments for UH are detailed below: