Welcome to the Morehouse School of Medicine Clerkship in Surgery:
This eight-weeks rotation will be the most strenuous and demanding of your medical school career. We also hope it will be the most satisfying. It is our obligation to teach/instruct, and yours to learn. For this to work, each group must come to the table prepared and ready to work. “Teaching is like selling commodities; no one can sell unless someone buys” (Dewey).
Whether you are interested in a career in Surgery or not, we expect you to be a “Surgery Doc” while on this rotation. Those characteristics of a Surgery student (Docs) are as follows:
- Read what we tell you to read.
- Show up on time with a smile on your face and eager to learn.
- Follow the “Bumpers rule i.e. if you can’t be on time be early.
- Read on your patients.
- Be assertive. Ask questions.
- Participate in every learning opportunity.
- Remember there are no stupid questions.
- Read on your colleagues’ patients.
James A. McCoy, MD, FACS
Director, Surgical Education
Professor, Clinical Surgery