All osteopathic physicians must be trained to understand surgical diseases as presented in a clinical setting. They must master pre- and postoperative assessment of patients so they can function in any medical setting as an important and integral part of the patient care team.
The members of the surgery department are committed to CCOM's precepts of teaching, healing and serving. The academic mission of the department is to provide each student with both didactic and clinical training in the surgical arts. The members of the department provide comprehensive surgical care for the patients throughout CCOM's affiliated clinical facilities. The members of the department serve as mentors for all medical students in addition to identifying and supporting those who have the ability and interest to become osteopathic surgeons.
Students are required to complete an 8 week core surgery block during their third year, and may participate in a 4 week core general surgery block during their fourth year. Additionally, the department of surgery offers elective surgical clerkships during the 3rd and 4th year. Clerkships are commonly four weeks long, but select sites offer two week experiences. Selective and elective surgery clerkships are offered in anesthesiology, orthopedics, general surgery, burn surgery, trauma surgery, ophthalmology, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, cardio-thoracic surgery, surgical critical care, surgical oncology, ENT, urologic surgery and neurosurgery.
All core clerkships are offered at CCOM affiliated hospitals, surgi-centers and clinics.