Surgery electives are available to medical students each year during their four-year journey to completing a medical degree. Some electives are required for graduation while others are intended to increase exposure to various surgical fields.  Electives are broken up between the first and second year, the third year, and the fourth year of medical school. In addition to these courses, a surgery interest group for medical students is offered during years one and two.

First year students are offered introductory courses and research opportunities to begin learning about surgical careers. There are opportunities to scrub in with a precepting physician, attend a suturing workshop, spend time volunteering in the community, and build knowledge by listening to surgical topics presented by fellow students.

Third year students are occupied mainly by clinical clerkships. The Department of Surgery offers on- and off-campus rotations. Offsite locations include Oregon destinations such as Bend, Eugene, Grants Pass, Salem, and the Portland metro area. There are several on-campus rotation options at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the Portland Veterans Administrative Medical Center. Regardless of location, each site offers one-on-one preceptoring, operative experience, and participation in patient and outpatient settings.

Fourth year students are devoted to sub-internships, electives, and required rotations. OHSU offers many focused rotations such as abdominal transplant, cardiothoracic, general surgery, pediatrics, plastics, surgical and trauma ICU, vascular, and burns.  Opportunities for students to do complete preceptorships, research, and special electives are also offered.

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