SOM Preclinical Preceptorships

Course Title
Surgery Preclinical Preceptorship
Course Number
Prerequisites: Successful completion of year 1 
      Additional Requirements: Students must submit preclinical registration form to Courtney Demeuse to register for the course.
Responsible Faculty Director:
William Mileski, MD
Other Faculty:
Lance Griffin, MD
Available Dates
• 4-week block:5/23/2022 - 6/17/2022
Application Submission Deadline
Maximum Enrollment

Where and to whom the application should be submitted
 a) Applications must be submitted to Courtney Demeuse, Surgery Clerkship Coordinator phone: 772-0676 fax: 747-7301, email: b) Students need to consult with Courtney Demeuse regarding preceptors and/or surgical service preferences c) A completed and submitted application form is a commitment that the student will participate and that the sponsor will provide a preceptor.

Goals & Objectives
 The goal of the surgery pre-clinical preceptorship is to give students between the 1st and 2nd years of medical school the opportunity to spend time in a clinical setting on a one-to-one basis with practicing surgeons. All preceptors will be board certified or eligible in their field and engaged in clinical practice, either in private practice or in an academic setting. The Department of Surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch sponsors this program in Galveston, Texas. Specific learning objectives will be established by student along with his/her preceptor, and will include one technical skills learning objective, one procedural or surgical condition-based objective, and one objective around the practice of surgery.

Description of course activities
 Students will correspond with their preceptors ahead of the preceptorship to establish learning objectives that are meaningful to the students' career or personal goals. Students will attend clinical activities with their preceptor that meets the students' learning objectives. Students will spend at least 2 hours per week in LSTAR practicing their technical skill. At the end of the 4 weeks, students will give an oral presentation that includes one patient they observed, and a summary of their learning objectives.

Method of student evaluation
Check all that apply - complete appropriate section(s) only:
1.  Clinical Observation
  A. Frequency - How often are students observed clinically?
    Students are not performing clinical patient care
  B. Format - What method(s) are used to document the student's clinical performance?
    Daily oral feedback   End of period oral feedback   Written feedback   Other

2.  Oral Presentation
  A. Audience - To whom does the student present?
    Faculty and Residents
  B. Frequency / duration of presentation(s)?
    Once at the end of the 4 weeks
  C. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's presentation?
    Students will receive a template for an H&P and summary of clinical course; they will receive clear instructions on how to structure their oral presentation.
  D. Assessment - Who assesses the student's presentation performance?
    Self-assessment   Peer assessment   Faculty assessment
  E. Method of content selection
    Current cases   Student-selected topic   Assigned topic

3.  Written Assignment (H&P's, notes, papers, abstracts, etc.)
  A. Frequency of written assignment(s)?
    One summary of learning objectives at the end of the 4 weeks.
  B. Format - What guidelines are set for the student's written work?
    H&P template and standard essay format with 2 page maximum.
  C. Length of written assignment(s)?
    Abstract   Annotated bibliography   1 - 2 page paper   3+ page paper
  D. Are recent references required?
    Yes           No
  E. Method of content selection - e.g. student-selected, relate to cases, etc.?
    Student selected learning objectives, subject to approval by preceptor.
  F. Audience - Who assesses the studentís written performance?
    Peer Assessment     Faculty Assessment     Other

4.  Extra Course Activities
  What expectations do you have for the student to demonstrate participation in the course (e.g. small group activities, seminars, thoughtful questions, providing resources, journal club, etc.)?
    Students will keep a log of their clinical time and types of cases/patients they see.

5.  Other Modes of Evaluation
  Please explain below.


6.  Stipend Availability
  Yes           No           Maybe