All activities take place over the 8 week span of students’ surgery clerkship. Before the workshops begin, students will receive information about the program. Workshop 1 will take place during students’ Prelude to Surgery week, workshop 2 will take place mid-way through clerkship, and workshop 3 will take place during the last week of clerkship.
Below is a timeline of how the Patient as Teacher program is integrated into the surgery clerkship rotation.
Week of Surgery Rotation
Prelude to Surgery
A week-long orientation and introduction to important surgical topics. Each day consists of a faculty member leading a session on a particular aspect of surgery, residents leading didactic learning based on their sub-specialty, and a skills session in which residents demonstrate the basic skills of their sub-specialty. The week concludes with a Trauma Evaluation and Management course.
Patient as Teacher Workshop #1
A 60-75 minute session in which students learn from previous patients who share their lived experiences and surgical journeys. This first workshop takes place during the prelude to surgery week.
Week 2 - 4
Surgery Sub-Rotation #1
A 3-week surgery sub-rotation in either general surgery or one of the following sub-specialties:
- Cardiovascular surgery
- Orthopedic surgery
- Plastic and reconstructive surgery
- Vascular surgery
Patient as Teacher Workshop #2
A 60-75 minute session in which students learn from previous patients who share their lived experiences and surgical journeys. This second workshop takes place towards the end of the first surgery sub-rotation or early during the second sub-rotation.
Week 5 - 7
Surgery Sub-Rotation #2
A 3-week surgery sub-rotation in either general surgery of one sub-specialty (whichever the student did not participate in during the first sub-rotation.
Rotation Wrap-Up and Exams
The final week consists of students attending Central Seminars, debriefing, and preparing for exams. The oral and written OSCEs will take place towards the end of the week.
Patient as Teacher Workshop #3
This third workshop facilitated by a faculty member is a session in which students reflect on hearing from patient teachers and how the program has tied in which their surgery clerkship rotation. Students will prepare a creative reflection piece beforehand.