SUR 806 Subinternship in Minimally Invasive Surgery, 4 credits

The goal of the Sub-Internship in Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is to enable the student to develop a proficiency in the approach to and perioperative management of advanced GI surgery with a major focus on foregut and bariatrics though other pathology including endocrine and adrenal are often encountered.  It is offered at the Buffalo General Medical Center and the student will be placed on the Gold service but will work with all four principal attendings (Drs. Posner, Hoffman, Butsch, & Schwaitzberg) as well as the MIS fellow. This advanced internship is designed for a student who has developed a career interest in surgery, robotics, bariatrics, endocrinology or nutrition.  It is designed as a tutorial in the strategies of decision making and management of the bariatric patient population as well as surgical diseases of the lower esophagus, hiatus and endocrine organs of the abdomen.  The course covers the preoperative assessment, intraoperative techniques and post-operative care of the diverse patient population cared for by the MIS service at BGMC.  The students will work closely with the residents, fellow and attending staff. All are integrated into the health care team and serve as sub-interns.

All students are required to attend Department of Surgery grand rounds, M&M conferences, and any multidisciplinary conferences as assigned by the faculty and will include presentations.  There is no in house night call requirement but at home call is expected.  Upon completion of this sub-internship, the student will have acquired a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic skills as well as the cognitive knowledge to care for a broad range of patients and pathologies cared for by the minimally invasive surgery service at BGMC.

The Student Evaluation and Education Committee assigns the grade according to the academic status policies of the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.  Grades for the internship are based on completion of defined goals and clinical evaluations.

MS3 must obtain permission from the course coordinator prior to registering.

Prerequisite: MS4 or MS3 with successful completion of SUR 700

Modules: A-K  Blocks: 3 & 4

Number of students: 1

Course Instructor: Alan R. Posner, MD

Course Coordinator: Gayle Thomson