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    Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center
  Feb 22, 2018
2017-2018 catalog

SELECT SCSRA - Community-Surgery

SELECTIVE CATEGORY: Community Outpatient
SELECTIVE DIRECTORS: F. Dean Griffen, M.D., 675.6100, Room 3-203
ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT: Debbie Thornhill, 675.6100, Room 3-203
LOCATION: Willis-Knighton North, Christus Schumpert Highland, Rapides Regional Medical Center
NUMBER OF STUDENTS PER 4 WEEK BLOCK: (3) 1 at a time per site

1 credit

Primary Goals of Selective


The student will:

1.  Learn operating room protocol in a private hospital.

2.  Learn surgical anatomy.

3.  Hone surgical skills with assisting, knot tying, and suturing.

4.  Learn the lifestyle of a busy, community surgical practice.


Specific Objectives


The student will:

1. Scrub on available cases.

2. Study scheduled operation the day before and be prepared to answer probing anatomic questions.

3. Practice interpersonal and communication skills in the operating room.


Resources for Learning:

Participating faculty:   Dr. Charles Knight; Dr Bill Norwood; Dr. J. Timmer

Texts:  Essentials of General Surgery

Hands-on Experience: Outpatient clinics

Computer Assisted Instruction: CD Rom

Directed Readings: According to cases evaluated

Self- Directed Learning: Case studies


* Attendance required 5 days a week.


Formative Evaluation

At the beginning of the second week of the elective, the student will be prompted by the secretary, Ms. Debbie Thornhill, to pick up a Formative Evaluation Form and expedite completion.  Once completed, it must be returned to Ms. Thornhill for review. If additional feedback is desired or required, Dr. Griffen will accommodate.


Outcome and Evaluation Measures

At the end of the course, the course director will submit an evaluation of the student’s  performance. It will include references to knowledge, skill, and professionalism. Professionalism will be measured in terms of punctual attendance, maturity, approach to the patient, and interaction with faculty and other staff.