91131 General surgery

Course Description

This is two semesters course-This course is a surgical rotation is an intense clinical experience that introduces students to the basic principles/procedures of surgery and to develop a primary care physician with appropriate knowledge, skill and attitude to treat common disease at the primary care level- Pathogenesis, causes, epidemiology, Clinical Presentation, Investigations, and management. Emphasis will be laid on the primary care of the injured, care of comatose, common wounds and ulcers, resuscitation of patient with cardiac arrest, initial care of acute abdominal conditions and other emergencies. Diagnosis, workup and proper referral of common conditions as hernia, lumps in breast, thyroid, piles and fissure & fistula, abdominal lumps, renal stones, varicose veins will be covered substantially. Students rotate on the surgical teams at various Hospitals. Topics include: introduction to surgery, a complete physical examination for the areas of head and neck, musculoskeletal and abdomen, Skin, Thyroid swellings, Arteries, Veins, Breast, Esophagus, Stomach and duodenum, the stomach gastritis, Small intestine, Colon and rectum, Appendix, Anus, Peritoneum and intraperitoneal abscesses, and Liver with Adequate and depth knowledge of surgical diseases as well as surgical procedures. Within the rotations

Learning Objective

  • By the end of this course, students are expected to
  • 1. Interview patients and perform a complete and focused physical examination
  • 2. Consolidate their knowledge of abnormal physical findings
  • 3. Perform analysis of clinical and laboratory information
  • 4. Improve their presentation skills in describing the chief problems and a plan for treatment.
  • 5. Periodically follow up patients' status including interpretation of new findings
  • 6. Use and interpret laboratory and radiographic tests used in diagnosing common disease (able to read chest radiograph, EKG, spirometry, blood film and etc.
  • 7. Recognize and manage situations related to common emergencies
  • 8. Identify ethical problems which arise in patient treatment and care
  • 9. Obtain a comprehensive history for surgical diseases.
  • 10. Acquire the basic skills of physical examination.
  • 11. Identify and explain abnormal signs.
  • 12. Formulate a case summary and differential diagnosis.
  • 13. Suggest relevant investigations.
  • 14. . Suggest treatment – more surgical technique orientation.



Books for this Course

  • (1) Bailey and Love's Short Practice of Surgery by Norman S Williams, Christopher J.K. Bulstrode, and P Ronan O'Connell.
  • (2) CURRENT Diagnosis and Treatment Surgery, (LANGE CURRENT Series)by Gerard Doherty
  • (3) Textbook of Surgery by Joe Tjandra, Gordon J. A. Clunie, Andrew H. Kaye,and Julian Smith.
  • (4) Browse's Introduction to the Symptoms & Signs of Surgical Disease - byNorman L. Browse, John Black, Kevin G. Burnand, and William E. G.
  • (5) Thomas.
  • (6) Lecture Notes: Urology by John Blandy and Amir Kaisary Brose signs and symptoms of surgical disease.

Times Offered

  • September 2014
  • January 2015