Students can complete their 6-week surgical rotation via several streams. If the student wishes to stay at The Ottawa Hospital, the rotation is as follows:
Third Year Rotation
Surgery Academic Preparatory Week
General Surgery at TOH
Urology or Orthopedic Surgery at TOH
Surgery subspecialty of choice (Orthopedic Surgery, Urology, Vascular Surgery, Thoracic Surgery, Neurosurgery, Cardiac Surgery, Plastic surgery, Pediatric General Surgery, Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery, Pediatric Urology, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery)
Students may choose to complete part of their rotation at a rural site (Winchester District Memorial Hospital, Cornwall Community Hospital, Pembroke Regional Hospital, or Queensway Carleton Hospital), as part of the Distributed Medical Education (DME) program at the University of Ottawa. This initiative gives students the opportunity to experience healthcare delivery in two different settings, because at least one week of the rotation is still spent at TOH.
Fourth Year Mandatory Selective Rotation
Students are required to take one 2-week block mandatory surgery selective rotation.
Fourth Year Rotation Choices
In Paired Oncology Rotations:
The undergraduate surgery rotation is meant to enhance the students’ basic medical education by exposure to surgical physiology, surgical pathology, clinical anatomy, and operative surgery.
During the Surgery Clerkship, students will broaden and supplement knowledge previously acquired from the various clinical rotations with specific emphasis in:
normal wound healing and factors affecting healing
body’s response to containment of infection
postoperative fluid and electrolyte balance
metabolic response to trauma: role of neuro-endocrine factors
maintenance of systemic perfusion and oxygen transport
resolution of physical and mental well-being
Students will demonstrate their abilities to supplement the observations made at the bedside with laboratory and imaging studies. Students will acquire procedural skills important to all practicing physicians:
proper aseptic techniques
control of airway and ventilation
suture of wounds and wound care
placement of intravenous and arterial lines
chest tube placement
Students will be expected to develop and practice daily communication skills required to efficiently transmit medical information to their team members, nursing staff, consultants and allied health care members.