General Surgery

Surgery Clerkship

The Surgery Clerkship is a nine-week clinical rotation. This core curriculum is designed to develop clinical competence, foster appropriate attitudes toward professional responsibility as a physician and to introduce the student to the specialty of Surgery. The emphasis will be on the surgeon’s method and approach to the care of the patient. Both cognitive and non-cognitive learning will be primarily patient oriented.

Clerkship Goals & Objectives

The overall goal of the Surgery Clerkship is the mastery of the basic core competencies that are essential for practice as a competent physician focused on the ACGME core competencies.

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Performance Requirements

Students must meet minimum performance requirements to complete the Surgery Clerkship satisfactorily.

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Course Administration

Clinical Experiential Director & Course Directors

Dr. Drazen Petrinec is Clinical Experiential Director for the Surgery Clerkship and in collaboration with Dr. David Sperling, Senior Director of Clinical Experiential Learning, and Dr. Susan Nofziger, Director of M3 Clinical Experiences, provides oversight for the clerkship. In his role as Clinical Experiential Director, Dr. Petrinec is responsible for ensuring that implementation of the Surgery Clerkship curriculum is comparable across all teaching sites.

Drazen Petrinec, M.D.
Summa Health System, Akron City Hospital

David M. Sperling, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.6778

Susan Nofziger, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.5907

Course Coordinator

David Ruble, M.S.
Phone: 330.325.6140


Joann Hayes
Phone: 330.325.6330

Department Chair

Nancy Gantt, M.D.
Phone: 330.325.6330

Department of General Surgery

College of Medicine at NEOMED