Phase 3 Clinical Specialty Track Directors and Staff
Below is a list of the Clinical Specialty Tracks, information about the track and the contact information for each.
Anesthesiology  

CST Track Director: Amy Beethe, MD
Coordinator: Patricia Anderson
2015 Bennett Hall
402-559-4175

CST Description:

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for the list of available courses.

WHO WE ARE
UNMC’s Department of Anesthesiology is the exclusive provider of anesthesia services for the Nebraska Medicine. The department is an academic unit in the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Medicine that strives to fulfill the clinical, educational and research missions of the college.

NEBRASKA MEDICINE AND UNMC MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to lead the world in transforming lives to create a healthy future for all individuals and communities through premier educational programs, innovative research, and extraordinary patient care.

DEPARTMENT OF ANESTHESIOLOGY MISSION STATEMENT
Our mission is to deliver high-quality and compassionate medical care, provide premier educational programs, and perform innovative research.

OUR VALUES

  • Healing: We treat and heal our patients
  • Learning: We shape the next generation of anesthesiologists
  • Innovation: We strive to improve the field of Anesthesiology
  • Team Work: We act as a dynamic, respectful care team
  • Resilience: We prioritize well-being in all team members
  • Safety: We value quality, safety, and accountability
Dermatology  

CST Track Director: Megan Arthur, MD
Coordinator: Tammy O'Donnell
Lauritzen Outpatient Center
4014 Leavenworth Street, 4th floor
402-559-4306

Emergency Medicine  

CST Track Director: Amy Cutright, MD
Coordinator: Heather Noyes
University Tower 3202C
402-559-2571

CST Description:

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

All electives through this department are pre-arranged with Heather Noyes through e-mail. 

Emergency Medicine is a time-dependent specialty that demands the immediate decision-making and timely actions necessary to prevent death or further disability for patients in health crises.  It is practiced as patient-demanded and continuously available care for a patient population that is unrestricted and presents with a full spectrum of episodic, undifferentiated physical and behavioral conditions. 

The student’s responsibility in the ER is to serve as the primary caregiver to the patient in conjunction with other ED staff members and the supervision of the attending physician on duty.  The physician assistants and certified nurse practitioners will not supervise or evaluate medical students performing a clerkship in the ED.  Students are discouraged from serving only in an information-gathering role.  Students will be expected to perform a directed history and physical examination, formulate appropriate differential diagnoses and institute a clinically indicated evaluation and treatment plan after discussion with the attending physician.  This responsibility will also include abstracting information from the patient’s medical record, serially monitoring the patient for changes in clinical status and keeping the patient informed during the course of their ED evaluation.  Procedures that need to be performed on a medical student’s patient will be completed by the student under the supervision of the attending physician, unless the attending physician determines that a higher level of expertise is required in order to safely complete the procedure. 

As the primary physician practicing under the direction of our ED staff, your educational goals and objectives are as follows: 

Course Goals

Overall Goal

Overall Goal:  The development of the student’s clinical skills, including the diagnosis and management of life-threatening conditions in the undifferentiated patient with a secondary emphasis on basic procedural skills. 

Goals

  1. The student will be able to perform a directed, problem-focused history and physical examination. 
  2. The student will formulate a differential diagnosis addressing urgent and emergent conditions consistent with history and physical examination findings. 
  3. The student will demonstrate proficiency in basic patient care and monitoring procedures
  4. The student will become proficient in basic wound management. 
  5. The student will become proficient in basic splinting/immobilization techniques. 
  6. The student will become proficient in basic EKG interpretation
  7. The student will develop interpersonal skills and professional attributes necessary to provide care in the Emergency Department.
  8. The student will under the role the Emergency Department plays in the greater health care system and how the Emergency Physician may facilitate patient care, including pre-hospital care.
 
Family Medicine  

CST Track Director: Susan Evans, MD
Coordinator: Beth Morris
MSB 2520
402-559-9327

CST Description:

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

The objective of this department is to prepare students to carry out their functions as leaders and coordinators of health care teams as they provide access to the health system and assume continuing responsibility for the management of patients over a long period of time.  More specifically, the program is designed to do the following: 

  1. Provide a stimulating experience in a model of family medicine, which will infuse the student with a philosophy of family medicine and an understanding of the role of the family physician. 
  2. Help the student acquire excellent skills in diagnosis, treatment, and management of patients and technical procedures appropriate for family medicine. 
  3. Help the student acquire the knowledge and appropriate depth in various fields of medicine encompassed by family medicine. 
  4. Provide an opportunity for the student to develop mature clinical judgment and appreciation of the limitation of his or her competence. 
  5. Provide an understanding of research and methodology in problems relating to the delivery of health services. 
  6. Encourage students to develop life-long habits of learning and an understanding of the role of continuing education in maintaining professional excellence. 
  7. Encourage students to examine the viability of rural family medicine. 

Electives offered are directed at offering varying experiences in Family Medicine for those interested in the career field or others who are choosing more restricted fields and wish to broaden their experiences.

Internal Medicine  

CST Track Director: Rae Witt, MD
Coordinators: Jillian Mcintosh-Carnes and Travis Weyant
MSB 5517
402-559-6422

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

CST Description:

The department of internal medicine pursues all three aspects of the UNMC mission: clinical service, medical education and biomedical research. Internal Medicine is the largest department in the College of Medicine with more than 280 physicians and scientists and is organized by disease specialty into 11 divisions.

"The department's greatest asset is its people -- faculty, trainees and staff who are very talented and work hard to provide high-quality care to our patients and education to our students and trainees while also seeking to answer important questions with our research programs. The department has a rich tradition of leadership and growth and I am privileged to be a part of leading us into our next steps of even further growth and national recognition." --- Chair Debra Romberger.

Internal medicine is a 3-year training program.  Following completion of residency, individuals can choose to practice as a general internist, a hospitalist, or seek additional fellowship training.    Fellowships vary in length and include allergy, cardiology, endocrinology, gastroenterology, geriatrics, hematology/oncology, hepatology, infectious disease, nephrology, palliative care pulmonology/critical care, sleep, and rheumatology.

Med Pediatrics  

CST Track Director: Allison Ashford, MD
Coordinator: Jillian Mcintosh-Carnes
MSB 5517
402-559-6422

Internal Medicine-Pediatrics (Med-Peds) is a combined residency in which two 3-year residencies (internal medicine and pediatrics) are combined into a 4-year residency. This residency is versatile, providing both a thorough education in inpatient and ambulatory experiences in addition to electives across both IM and peds. Once finished with residency training, a med-peds physician is eligible to take both internal medicine boards and pediatric boards. Additionally, the med-peds physician is able to practice in outpatient primary care, pursue subspecialty training (in either internal medicine or pediatrics or both!), or practice as a hospitalist.  The training is comprehensive, allowing the physician to take care of patients from the newborn stages to adults and the elderly.

The Med-Peds CST is a combined effort between the Internal Medicine CST and the Pediatrics CST.  Just as the med-peds residency combines two programs, this CST combines certain features and classes from each specialty that are the highest yield for those students pursuing a med-peds residency. At this time our Med-Peds M4 ambulatory sub-I experience involves working one on one with med-peds faculty at Fontenelle Clinic, which is the same site as our continuity clinic for our residents.  You will get the opportunity to see what outpatient med-peds is like in addition to working closely with faculty who trained in a med-peds residency.

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

Neurological Sciences  

CST Track Director: Arun Swaminathan, MD
Coordinator: Lori Schuetze
CTS 2nd Floor
402-552-2153

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

CST Description:

The Department of Neurological Sciences (DONS) is comprised of clinicians, scientists, and educators who have the vision, ability, and dedication to advance neural health across the lifespan.  We are leaders in patient care, research, education, and outreach, delivering innovative care to patients with the most severe and complex disorders.  Our funded research includes many clinical trials and strong investigator-initiated research programs and laboratories, including Mind and Brain Health, Dynamic Imaging, and Cognition and Neuromodulation.  We are also the headquarters of the Great Plains IDeA Clinical and Translational Research Network, which spans four states and nine universities and is aimed at developing new medical research and training new scholars for the public good.

We continue to grow and expand through robust clinical and research programs, connections to the growing Regional Provider Network, and even into the homes of our most fragile patients through telehealth initiatives and embedded sensor technologies.  We are dedicated to saving lives, relieving suffering, and reducing the terrible impact of neurological disease on our patients, families, and community.

Neurosurgery  

CST Track Director: Daniel Surdell, MD
Coordinator: Kellie Devney
402-559-9605

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

CST Description:

The Department of Neurosurgery offers clinical clerkships for M3 and M4 students at the Nebraska Medical Center and at Nebraska Methodist/Childrens Hospitals. The purpose of the clerkships is to provide M3 students an introduction to neurosurgery (as part of the general surgery clerkship) and to provide M4 students a more in-depth experience, which is particularly important for those interested in pursuing neurosurgery as a career.

Clerkships allow students to interact directly with faculty and residents as an integral part of the neurosurgical team. Our program has a full spectrum of adult and pediatric neurosurgical services and cases, including endovascular neurosurgery, cerebrovascular neurosurgery, neuro-oncology, spine, pediatrics, functional neurosurgery (epilepsy and deep brain stimulation for movement disorders), trauma, as well as other neurosurgical subspecialties. Some of the disorders seen commonly in our program include head and spine trauma, brain and spine tumors, stroke, aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage and other vascular disorders, chronic pain syndromes, degenerative and congenital (e.g., spina bifida) spine disease, hydrocephalus, Parkinson’s disease, tremor, and medically intractable epilepsy. In the four-week clerkship, students work at NMC as well as at Nebraska Methodist Hospital and Children’s Hospital. This blend of adult and pediatric tertiary/quaternary care academic medical center- and community-based experience gives students excellent exposure to neurosurgery.

During the course of the clerkship, students work closely with the resident team in day-to-day patient care working up new patients in the inpatient and outpatient settings, scrubbing with the residents and faculty in the operating room, and following patients through their hospital stays. Students should attend neurosurgery conferences during their neurosurgery rotation.

At the conclusion of this clerkship, students should be able to:

  • Discuss the anatomy of the nervous system and how it influences symptoms and signs of neurological disease
  • Perform a thorough neurological examination
  • Describe and recognize common neurosurgical disorders
  • Interpret basic neuroimaging studies and other diagnostic information relevant to neurological diseases and conditions
  • Outline basic diagnostic and surgical management options for surgical diseases of the nervous system and understand risks and goals of treatment of common disorders
  • Identify and differentiate acute problems in the nervous system needing surgical attention by a neurosurgeon from those that are more chronic in nature

If you are scheduled to participate in one of our neurosurgery clerkships, prior to your start-date please contact our program coordinator, Kellie Devney (402-559-9605 or kdevney@unmc.edu), or the neurosurgery chief resident for information on when and where to report.

You can get the most from your rotation by being involved actively as a member of our neurosurgery team. The more you are engaged on the service and the more you take advantage of learning opportunities, the more you will learn:

  • Ask about things you don’t understand (never be afraid to ask questions!)
  • Assist the nursing staff preparing the patients for surgery (e.g. Foley catheters, getting the scrub nurse your gloves, prepping) and for transport to the recovery room post-op (e.g. help move patient to stretcher).
  • Review cases for which you will be observing or assisting. Read about the disease process and anatomy you’ll see before you get to the OR.
  • Let us know if you are considering neurosurgery for your future career. We’re always happy to help set up research and other opportunities for you to get involved and provide guidance about neurosurgery residencies and the application process.  

A very useful, concise, and highly-recommended presentation of neurological surgery topics for medical students is available from the Congress of Neurological Surgeons Committee on Education. Clicking on each of the key topics on the first page (overview of topics) of the document opens full narratives related to those topics, including excellent descriptions of the neurological exam and the major and/or common neurosurgical disorders. The CNS Curriculum for Medical Students is available also as a PowerPoint/PDF presentation that includes illustrations and radiographs, which can facilitate a better understanding of the material. The Neurosurgery Gray Matter presentation is provided by courtesy of Dr. Karin Muraszko, Chair, Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Michigan. Students on our 2- and 4-week clerkships are expected to review the CNS Curriculum for Medical Students in order to develop their familiarity with neurosurgical topics and disorders.

A good, relatively inexpensive resource for students of neurosurgery is the paperback Handbook of Neurosurgery by Mark S. Greenberg, MD, (Thieme Publishers). A useful companion book is Pocket Atlas of Sectional Anatomy (TB Moeller and E Rief, Thieme Publishers), which provides simple cross-sectional anatomy drawings of the nervous system with corresponding CT and MRI images. The website radiopaedia.org also provides useful information about radiographic studies relevant to neurosurgery. Smartphone/iPad apps such as “Neurosurgery Survival Guide” may be helpful.

Electives in neurosurgery

In addition to the two-week rotation opportunity for M3 students, we have specific electives in neurosurgery.  To prearrange your rotation, please contact our residency coordinator, Kellie Devney at 402-559-9605. Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

Obstetrics & Gynecology  

CST Track Directors: Karen Carlson, MD and Laura Cudzilo, MD
Coordinator: Lauren Luger
University Tower 4th Floor
402-559-8133

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

Ophthalmology  

CST Track Director: Shannon Lynch, MD
Coordinator: Arianne Marcoux
Truhlsen Eye Institute - 3902 Leavenworth Street
402-559-5379

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses. 

The Truhlsen Eye Institute offers state-of-the-art clinical and surgical care for patients with both common and rare diseases of the eye and provides leadership in ophthalmic research and education. The Institute serves as a preeminent provider of cataract and LASIK surgery, as well as specialized care for many other conditions including diabetic eye disease, neuro-ophthalmic eye disease, pediatric eye problems, orbital disease, eyelid disorders, eye trauma, and routine eye care. The Institute is located on the main campus, and it includes the Carl Camras Center for Innovative Clinical Research in Ophthalmology, the Weigel Williamson Center for Visual Rehabilitation, and a specialized ophthalmic surgery suite in the Fritch Surgery Center. The Village Pointe location offers similar services, as well as an array of refractive surgery suites.  

Ophthalmology is a 4-year training program including one year of internship.  After residency, graduates can practice as comprehensive ophthalmologists or pursue additional training.  Fellowships typically last 1-2 years, and options include vitreoretinal surgery, medical retina, oculoplastics/orbit, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatrics/strabismus, glaucoma, ocular pathology, uveitis, ocular oncology, cornea/refractive, and various combined fellowship programs. 

Oral Surgery  

CST Track Director: Valmont Desa, MD
Coordinator: Pat Tolliver
Department of Surgery
984125 NE MED CTR, zip 68198-4125
402-559-6445

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

Orthopedic Surgery and Rehabilitation  

CST Track Director: Justin Siebler, MD
Coordinators: Holly White, Jolene Krueger and Stephanie Jensen with Children's Hospital
Lauritzen Outpatient Center, 4th floor, Room 4-14-043
402-559-2258

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

Patient care

Our surgeons are a team of dedicated, caring health professionals who specialize in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. We provide quality, cost-effective care in all nine orthopedic subspecialties, to more than 35,000 patients each year from Nebraska, the Midwest, and around the world.

Research

At our laboratories, cutting-edge research is being performed to define tomorrow's treatment methods. We are doing innovative research focused on the areas of musculoskeletal diseases, molecular biology and genetics, the development of less invasive surgical techniques, knee implant simulation, and computer-aided and robotic surgery.

Education

Through the orthopedic residency program at UNMC, we are not only creating the orthopedic surgeons of tomorrow, we are investing in Nebraska by cultivating promising educators who will teach the orthopedic surgeons of generations to come. In addition, doctors throughout the region regard our program as a source of continuing education where they can learn the latest techniques for the treatment and prevention of bone and joint conditions.

Otolaryngology  

CST Track Director: Katie Geelan-Hansen, MD
Coordinator: Jenna Corsey
Lauritzen Outpatient Center
4014 Leavenworth Street
402-559-8007

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

CST Description:

The purpose of the elective in Otolaryngology is to acquaint the student with the diagnostic scope and surgical problems relative to the specialty.  It is estimated that 50% of the patients in general medicine present with symptoms of ENT origin.  It is hoped that the time spent in this department will teach you a systematic approach to the office management of common ENT problems, as well as recognition of those problems requiring surgical referral.  

Your responsibility while on the elective will be primarily to the Chief Resident, but any of the residents may direct you to a specific patient problem and all will be involved in teaching. 

You are expected to be present for both morning and evening rounds, as well as all scheduled and teaching conferences.  The latter deal with basic medicine, anatomy and physiology related to the head and neck area; they provide good information for general patient care.  Adequate time for reading is available and it is suggested that you utilize this for directed reading on a specific topic or for general information.  The curriculum clerk will provide the text and syllabus 

Patient care and responsibility during the elective will depend upon the available material, as well as your interest and initiative.  Specific diagnostic and preoperative workups will be assigned by the Chief Resident, hopefully, to include a range of different problems.  If you are interested in a specific area, tell the resident, and they will assist you in its evaluation.  Your primary responsibility is clinical but as surgical cases are assigned, you will be expected to follow through with the patient, including observation in the operating room.  Additional time spent in the operating room should be with the approval of the resident in charge of the clinic.  Your experience will include both inpatient and outpatient exposure. 

Pathology and Microbiology  

CST Track Director: Mike Punsoni, MD
Coordinator: Kevin MacCarthy
Lauritzen Outpatient Center
MSB 3545
402-559-7212

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

CST Description:

The department offers several elective rotation opportunities to fourth-year medical (M4) students. We currently offer four electives, all of which are by arrangement, so students must contact both Dr. Mike Punsoni and Kevin MacCarthy before signing up for any pathology elective.

The department is committed to providing the best possible training to our undergraduatesgraduatesresidents and fellows, and postdoctorates in the areas of pathology, microbiology, immunology and related fields, whether it is in the classroom or laboratory. No matter what level of academia a student is at, we have designed educational experiences in which they are actively involved in formal courses and dynamic seminars, as well as practical training in the lab and/or clinic. Students in our department have access to 48 highly experienced and dedicated faculty - many who are internationally recognized for their contributions to pathology, microbiology, immunology, and cancer biology.

Pediatrics  

CST Directors: Nate Goodrich, MD, Aleisha Nabower, MD and Chelsea Bloom, MD
Coordinators: Dani Wilson-Baxter
University Tower Room 3135
402-559-9280

The Department of Pediatrics is thrilled to welcome you to the Pediatrics Career Specialty Track (CST)! Our goal is to help facilitate your fourth year of medical school and to ensure that you are well-prepared to successfully enter into Pediatrics residency training. Specifically, our objectives are:

  1. To provide an academically-rich and intellectually stimulating learning environment as you participate in various elective rotations within the Department of Pediatrics.
  2. Ensure that students acquire the knowledge and skills to be a highly-successful resident in pediatrics
  3. Engage with faculty mentors in the Department of Pediatrics to provide a longitudinal mentorship experience throughout the fourth-year
  4. To promote scientific inquiry, curiosity and life-long learning through research mentorship

The Pediatrics CST co-directors’ primary objective is to ensure that you receive the highest-quality educational experience throughout your fourth year. In addition to regular mentoring meetings, the Department of Pediatrics also hosts advising, interview preparatory, and mentoring activities throughout the year to provide robust and comprehensive residency preparation. Additionally, students can look forward to the Pediatrics residency preparatory course (RPC) each spring, which is full of high-yield topics in pediatrics and delivered by enthusiastic faculty educators.

Students in the Pediatrics CST will also be a part of our longitudinal mentoring program, the Pediatrics Honors Program. A key component of the program involves providing students with exposure to faculty in informal settings who will mentor students and share their own journeys within and outside of pediatric medicine. Many such interactions will come from monthly seminars (fireside chats) hosted by faculty at their homes. The program also aims to match faculty mentors with students to work in collaboration on a scholarly project.

Should you have any questions about the CST, please do not hesitate to contact one of the co-directors!

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

All electives in Pediatrics must be pre-arranged. To schedule an elective, send an email to Dani Wilson-Baxter

NOTE:  Electives are initially assigned by lottery. When you submit your electives, it is advisable to provide your 1st, 2nd, and 3rd month choices for the elective; e.g., Pedi ID -1st choice Aug, 2nd choice Oct, 3rd choice July. Email your selections to Dani Wilson-Baxter.

You will be notified of your schedule by email.

 

Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation  

CST Director: Michael Weaver, DO
Coordinator: Kayla Zaloudek
402-559-7828

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

Students who are interested in participating in this elective should contact Jenna Corsey.

Psychiatry  

CST Director: Rebecca Wysoske, MD
Coordinator: Liz Weise and Dave Bell
Poynter Hall, 4th floor
402-559-6235

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

CST Description:

It is strongly recommended that students select electives in areas other than that in which they have had previous clerkship experience.  Students desiring assistance in selecting electives and/or career planning should contact the Curriculum Coordinator at 402-552-6235 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Wysoske. 

All electives must be pre-arranged with the Curriculum Coordinator through psychmeded@unmc.edu and requested through OASIS.

Medical student education is a priority for the University of Nebraska Medical Center Department of Psychiatry faculty. We offer a curriculum that strives for the highest level of education for medical students with instruction in the recognition and treatment of common psychiatric conditions across all ages.

Psychiatry faculty participate as small-group facilitators in the Pre-Clinical Phase I: Communication Skills program that covers such topics as: normal development, family function in illness, competency, end of life decisions and other psychiatric topics related to general medicine.  Department faculty are particularly instrumental in the department’s Phase I: Neurosciences Integrated Block that includes neurology, neuroanatomy, psychiatry, and ophthalmology.  The psychiatry curriculum within the integrated block includes the psychiatric diagnosis of the major mental disorders with diverse topics, including eating disorders, personality disorders, and substance use disorders.  The 8 week block also includes weekly Clinical Skills Days in which the students are exposed to the mental status exam and other neurological exams.

Fourth-year students are able to select from individualized studies, geropsychiatry, consultation psychiatry, tailored to meet their specific interests and educational goals. Application information for fourth-year electives is obtained 

Radiation Oncology  

CST Director: Nathan Bennion, MD
Coordinator: Shaun Capurro
Buffett Cancer Center, 1st Floor
402-552-6547

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

CST Description:

Radiation Oncology is a field for the procedure minded physician that prizes longitudinal face-to-face relationships with patients. Radiation is used in up to 80% of cancer patients treatment plans and includes definitive, adjuvant, and palliative measures. The Department of Radiation Oncology at UNMC is dedicated to educating the next generation of oncologists. The department consists of 7 Radiation Oncologists, a team of medical physicists, radiation dosimetrists, therapists, and nurses. Our radiation oncology residency program is centered on clinical excellence and innovative research. All faculty have disease site-specific expertise and their research ranges from translation bench initiatives to investigator-initiated trials in the clinic. UNMC Radiation Oncology employs state-of-the art technology in external beam and brachytherapy techniques. 

Radiation Oncology residency begins with a year in preliminary medicine, surgery, or a transitional year, after which residents train 4 additional years in radiation oncology. It is much like an apprenticeship with 1-on-1 mentorship through disease site-specific rotations. Residents gradually increase their autonomy as they progress through each year commensurate with their abilities. Though not required, research is supported with dedicated time. We also include electives with medical oncology, pediatric oncology, radiology, and optional experiences that support the clinical and research goals of the resident. UNMC's residency is unique in its ability to tailor the experience to the resident. This is possible due to the high faculty to resident ratio and the resident-centered mindset of the department. 

Radiology  

CST Director: Melissa Manzer, MD
Coordinator: Tina Hunter
UMA Room 1541
402-559-1018

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

Surgery  

CST Director: Jennifer Leinicke, MD
Coordinators: Alex Shull - M3 and Beverly Vaughn - M4
MSB Room 4538
402-559-5577

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

CST Description:

Surgical specialties are clinical rotations which allow students the opportunity to combine all of the knowledge that they have accumulated during the first three years of medical school.  A thorough knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology and clinical decision-making is essential to prepare for and execute operative procedures.  In the operating room, gross pathology can be observed and histologic pathology later reviewed.  This pathology can be correlated with preoperative imaging and physical exam findings.  The physiology and pathophysiology of disease and their effect on all body systems is observed pre-operatively, intra-operatively and during the post-operative recovery periods.  The spectrum of other areas of medicine that can be seen in surgical patients includes infectious disease, endocrinology, cardiology, pulmonology, immunology, and pharmacology.  Surgical specialties offer exposure to both adult and pediatric patients.  All of these electives are geared towards graduated responsibility in patient care as students progress to functioning at the level of an intern. 

As you contemplate your career choices, you can feel confident that a surgical elective during your fourth year will contribute to your medical education and your development as a physician, whatever field of medicine you choose to pursue.  The Department of Surgery offers elective rotations in a number of areas of surgery.  These include General Surgery, Urology, Oral Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Endocrine/Breast Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Cardiac Surgery, and Thoracic Surgery.  Other areas of surgical interest can be found through the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Ophthalmology, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology. 

If you have a career interest in a surgical subspecialty, we would recommend including some of the following as electives:

  • One to two electives on a General Surgery or subspecialty field based at UNMC or one of the affiliated hospitals.  In addition, a rotation in other surgical specialties (such as neurosurgery, urology and orthopedic surgery) may be beneficial. 
  • Two to three electives in non-operative areas of medicine, especially in those fields that represent patients with diseases that are often treated with surgical and medical approaches 
  • One to two electives in fields that represent areas of medicine that partner with surgeons in the care of their patients such as radiology, anesthesiology or pathology.

Members of the faculty of the Department of Surgery would be pleased to give you advice regarding your selection of electives, regardless of your career path – surgical or non-surgical.    

Electives

The electives are designed to build on the foundation achieved in the primary clerkship.  The student is an active participant in the professional team caring for patients.  Professional communication, relation of the surgical problem to the basis of disease, the details and technique of diagnosis and treatment, are the focus of increasing involvement with patients through the pre-operative and post-operative periods in conjunction with the faculty.  The primary clerkship is a prerequisite for all electives in the Department of Surgery.   

Urology  

CST Director: Chad LaGrange, MD
Coordinator: Cheryl Abboud
MSB Room 4538
402-559-5577

Please see the Senior Elective Catalog for a list of available courses.

MSB Room 4538
402-559-5577

This information is repeated from the Surgery CST description: Surgical specialties are clinical rotations which allow students the opportunity to combine all of the knowledge that they have accumulated during the first three years of medical school.  A thorough knowledge of anatomy, pathophysiology and clinical decision-making is essential to prepare for and execute operative procedures.  In the operating room, gross pathology can be observed and histologic pathology later reviewed.  This pathology can be correlated with preoperative imaging and physical exam findings.  The physiology and pathophysiology of disease and their effect on all body systems is observed pre-operatively, intra-operatively and during the post-operative recovery periods.  The spectrum of other areas of medicine that can be seen in surgical patients includes infectious disease, endocrinology, cardiology, pulmonology, immunology, and pharmacology.  Surgical specialties offer exposure to both adult and pediatric patients.  All of these electives are geared towards graduated responsibility in patient care as students progress to functioning at the level of an intern. 

As you contemplate your career choices, you can feel confident that a surgical elective during your fourth year will contribute to your medical education and your development as a physician, whatever field of medicine you choose to pursue.  The Department of Surgery offers elective rotations in a number of areas of surgery.  These include General Surgery, Urology, Oral Surgery, Neurosurgery, Pediatric Surgery, Transplant Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Endocrine/Breast Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Cardiac Surgery, and Thoracic Surgery.  Other areas of surgical interest can be found through the Departments of Orthopaedic Surgery, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Ophthalmology, Emergency Medicine and Anesthesiology. 

If you have a career interest in a surgical subspecialty, we would recommend including some of the following as electives:

  • One to two electives on a General Surgery or subspecialty field based at UNMC or one of the affiliated hospitals.  In addition, a rotation in other surgical specialties (such as neurosurgery, urology and orthopedic surgery) may be beneficial. 
  • Two to three electives in non-operative areas of medicine, especially in those fields that represent patients with diseases that are often treated with surgical and medical approaches 
  • One to two electives in fields that represent areas of medicine that partner with surgeons in the care of their patients such as radiology, anesthesiology or pathology.

Members of the faculty of the Department of Surgery would be pleased to give you advice regarding your selection of electives, regardless of your career path – surgical or non-surgical.    

Electives

The electives are designed to build on the foundation achieved in the primary clerkship.  The student is an active participant in the professional team caring for patients.  Professional communication, relation of the surgical problem to the basis of disease, the details and technique of diagnosis and treatment, are the focus of increasing involvement with patients through the pre-operative and post-operative periods in conjunction with the faculty.  The primary clerkship is a prerequisite for all electives in the Department of Surge