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Goals and Objectives

Educational Objectives

The overall objective of the EVMS General Surgery Clerkship is to provide educational and training experience that meets the following criteria:

A.    To function as a member of a health care team
B.    To assume responsibility for patient care under supervision
C.    To enhance clinical skills in the form of history taking and physical examination and recording of pertinent clinical information
D.    To identify and solve clinical problems in a surgical environment including the synthesis and interpretation of information relevant to clinical issues
E.    To develop plans for investigation and management
F.     To develop an awareness of emotional, social, and economic implications of illness and utilize appropriate resources in the solutions of these problems
G.   To develop the ability of self-assessment, including recognizing personal strengths and limitations
H.   To recognize educational needs and utilize appropriate learning resources
I.   To appreciate the psychological consequences of surgical procedures
J.    To acquire an understanding of professional and ethical principles in relation to patient management and physician-patient family relationships
K.   To develop communication skills (oral case presentation, chart notes, etc.)
L.    To develop professional habits consistent with the ACGME General Competencies:



Provide patient care that is compassionate, appropriate, and effective for the treatment of health problems and the promotion of health.


Demonstrate knowledge about established and evolving biomedical, clinical, and cognate (e.g. epidemiological and social-behavioral) sciences and the application of this knowledge to patient care.


Investigate and evaluate their patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices.


Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their patients families, and professional associates.


Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population.


Demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care and the ability to effectively call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value.