Elective Years 1 and 2: General Surgery

Department: Surgery
Title: General Surgery
Location: Undergraduate Office of Surgical Education
Duration:

12 hours

Contact: Email: gensurg@ualberta.ca
Overview:
For Electives and Shadowing in Pediatric Surgery - the above email, and indicate what kind of Pediatric Surgery they would like to shadow or do an elective in.

For students who are interested in shadowing in the OR, or completing some of their 12 hr elective time in the OR, please contact the MSA Surgery Club to arrange an OR Orientation with the OR Nurse Educators at the UAH. The Surgery Club works with the UAH OR Clinical Educators to set up orientations throughout the academic year.

The general contact email for the Surgery Club is msa.surgery.club@gmail.com

Its student members for the 2021-22 academic year are:
Steffane McLennan  steffane@ualberta.ca
Taylor Sawchuk  tlsawchu@ualberta.ca
Tayyaba Zehra  tayyaba@ualberta.ca

Students should also watch this series of videos on OR orientation and proper sterile techniques created by Dr Rachel Khadaroo who is a trauma general surgeon at UAH. Those videos can be found here:
Surgical Infection Society – Prepping for the OR

**Due to COVID19, the OR also requires everyone in the theatre to know their N95 mask size, therefore you must prearrange fit testing prior to shadowing in the OR.**

University of Alberta Hospital - Adult OR cases only
Students should email all members of the OR Clinical Education Team and include in their email their elective or shadowing dates (if known), what speciality they'll be spending time in, and who their preceptor is (if known). Students should plan for the orientation/site tour to take up to 70 minutes.
The Clinical Education Team is:
Marc Duhamel   Marc.Duhamel@albertahealthservices.ca
780-407-1728

Alesia Iwabuchi  Alesia.Iwabuchi@albertahealthservices.ca
780-407-2724

Orry Dodd  Orry.Dodd@albertahealthservices.ca
780-407-7636

Stollery Children's Hospital
Students should email Clinical Educator Lorraine Willox and include in their email their elective or shadowing dates (if known), what pediatric speciality they'll be spending time in, and who their preceptor is (if known). Lorraine can be reached at Lorraine.Willox@albertahealthservices.ca.

Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute
Students must contact Cardiac Education Coordinator Karen Parayko to complete an OR orientation. She can be reached at 780-407-4157 or Karen.Parayko@albertahealthservices.ca.

Royal Alexandra Hospital
This site does not have a formal OR orientation session to attend. Please contact the Spec Surg Program Administrator at specsurg@ualberta.ca or Gen Surg Program Administrator gensurg@ualberta.ca for a copy of the RAH OR guidelines. Please also plan to arrive 20 minutes early to the OR to meet with your preceptor and get assistance from the OR nursing staff in scrubbing and gowning.

Misericordia Hospital
Students should contact Britany York (MedEdMCH@covenanthealth.ca  or 780-735-2991) in the Medical Education Office to arrange to attend an OR orientation session with Tanya Hyland, who is the Surgical Education Coordinator at the MIS.

Grey Nuns Hospital
This site does not have a formal OR orientation session to attend. Please arrive 20 minutes early to the OR to meet with your preceptor and get assistance from the OR nursing staff in scrubbing and gowning. Please also contact the Spec Surg Program Administrator specsurg@ualberta.ca or Gen Surg Program Administrator at gensurg@ualberta.ca for a copy of the GNH OR guidelines and dress code requirements.

Fort Saskatchewan Hospital
This site does not have a formal OR orientation session to attend. Please arrive 20 minutes early to the OR to meet with your preceptor and get assistance from the OR nursing staff in scrubbing and gowning.

Leduc Community Hospital
This site does not have a formal OR orientation session to attend. Please arrive 20 minutes early to the OR to meet with your preceptor and get assistance from the OR nursing staff in scrubbing and gowning.

Sturgeon Community Hospital
This site does not have a formal OR orientation session to attend. Please arrive 20 minutes early to the OR to meet with your preceptor and get assistance from the OR nursing staff in scrubbing and gowning.

Objectives:

The shadowing and 12h electives in Surgery for Years 1 and 2 are intended to compliment the student's studies in the basic understanding of the body in health and disease, and to equip them with some of the skills with which they can start to interact with patients.  They will be introduced to the OR setting and the safety procedures that surround the environment by scrubbing in to a case and reviewing aseptic techniques with OR nurse educators.  Students will also be able to observe and participate in patient care in a clinic setting focusing on the role of surgery and surgeons in the health care system.  Students will gain an understanding of the role of surgery in the treatment of disease and in trauma settings.

Additional Notes:
Last Updated: March 16, 2022