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New Electives: Pediatrics Rheumatology, General Surgery & Thoracic Surgery

April 07, 2023

Several exciting new electives are being offered in the Advanced Training Period curriculum this semester that we want to highlight.

Pediatrics Rheumatology Elective

This elective provides hands-on experience in pediatric rheumatology. This service involves consultation service in the inpatient and outpatient setting, as well as long term care for patients with autoimmune conditions. Pediatric rheumatology requires the ability to perform a comprehensive physical examination and history while interpreting laboratory and radiographic studies to develop an often-complex differential diagnosis. Pediatric rheumatology involves patients of all chronologic ages and developmental stages so learners will have the opportunity to develop rapport with patients and families across pediatrics. The student will be exposed to clinical setting in the hospital and outpatient setting and academic opportunity will include participation in rheumatology didactics with the internal medicine group (grand rounds and journal club) as well as with scheduled pediatric didactics (grand rounds, weekly pediatric rheumatology case conference).

Length of Rotation: 2 or 4 weeks

Student's Class Level: 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite: Pediatrics Clerkship, Ideally Step 1

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General Surgery Elective (YNHH/SRC)

Students participating in a General Surgery elective rotation become an integral part of the residency program as a student member of the resident team and are supervised by the chief resident and attendings on the service. During this rotation, students are fully integrated into the service and are expected to participate in all teaching conferences, Grand Rounds, clinics, and attend core curriculum conference two hours per week. Under the supervision of the chief resident and faculty, students participate in the management of general surgical in-patients, preoperative evaluations, and outpatient clinics. Our goal is to provide an educational experience that will be of value to the student's eventual practice, regardless of which specialty they enter.

Length of Rotation: 2 & 4 weeks (maximum-2 students)

Student's Class Level: 4th year

Prerequisite: N/A

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Thoracic Surgery Elective

Experience the rewarding and meaningful rotation that is the General Thoracic Surgery Elective! There is a lot of teaching in the operating room, on the floors, and in the clinics when you are with us. In return, the student will be expected to be a valuable contributing team member during daily rounds, in the operating room, in the outpatient clinics, and at conferences. The majority of the patients under the care of the thoracic surgery service include patients with lung, esophageal, and mediastinal malignancies and infections, and many present both diagnostic and therapeutic challenges. In addition to the enriching interactions with the thoracic oncology patients, students will have the opportunity to understand the multidisciplinary approach that is undertaken in the management of these complex patients. If the students are interested, clinical research projects and papers can also be pursued while on the service.

Length of Rotation: 2 weeks (maximum-2 students)

Student's Class Level: 4th, 5th year

Prerequisite: Completion of third-year clerkships.

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Submitted by Abigail Roth on April 07, 2023