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Trauma, Critical Care and General Surgery Service (Minnesota)

Description

This program is a hospital-based surgical service with general surgery, trauma, and critical care responsibilities. Rotations are offered in four-week blocks. You can choose to do four weeks of each of the following three services or a combination of each.

General Surgery

This service provides emergent surgical consultation for general surgery emergencies and provides care for the hospital-based general surgery patients in Trauma, Critical Care, and General Surgery.

Specific goals

  • Learn the preoperative and postoperative management of general surgical cases
  • Gain confidence in the initial evaluation and management of the acute abdomen

Activity outline

You are expected to be part of the team caring for our patients through participating in floor rounds, operating room (OR) cases, emergency room (ER) evaluations, and ER/floor procedures. You are expected to take p.m. call with the team two nights a week.

Trauma Service

Trauma service is in charge of the care of the hospitalized multiple trauma patients. The Trauma Service Team responds to trauma resuscitations and is involved with immediate evaluation and management of critically injured patients in the emergency department at Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester, Saint Marys Campus.

Specific goals

  • Become familiar with the initial evaluation and management of the trauma patient
  • Become familiar with the basic principles of resuscitation

Activity outline

You are expected to be part of the team caring for our patients by participating in floor rounds, OR cases, ER evaluations, and ER/floor procedures. You are expected to take p.m. call with the team two nights a week.

Surgical Critical Care Service

This service provides critical care of trauma, general surgery, and surgical specialties (for an example: ortho, plastics, urology) patients in the 7MB B&G ICU.

Specific goals

  • Become familiar with the basic principles of resuscitation of the critically ill patient
  • Become familiar with the physiology, management, and outcome of multiple organ dysfunction (application of cardiovascular, respiratory, and renal physiology)
  • Exposure to ethical dilemmas and level of support decisions in patient care
  • Exposure to procedures, including: central access, chest tube placement, wound debridements, and tracheostomies

Activity outline

You are expected to be part of the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) team by participating in ICU rounds, presenting, and managing first hand (with assistance) a few ICU patients. You must be involved and learn ICU procedures. You are expected to take p.m. call with the team two nights a week.

Method of evaluation

The consulting staff and residents will evaluate you based on your day-to-day performance. In addition, you are expected to give a 10-minute presentation on a topic of your choice to the clerkship chair or one of the other consultants you work with.