Frequently Asked Questions
- What if I am exposed to blood/body fluids?
- Blood/Body Fluid Exposure Guidelines
- How often will I take call?
- Call is generally Q4, but may vary according to your assigned site.
Contact your site for specifics.
- Do I have to work on holidays?
- MS3 should NOT expect to report for work on holidays but may be expected to work weekends.
- MS4 are expected to work holidays, unless the start date of the rotation falls on a holiday.
- View the UW holiday schedule.
- Where do I park for Seattle sites?
- UWMC - visit UW Commuter Services website
- Harborview - parking is obtained in Room 8EH-70. Call 744-3254 if you have questions
regarding HMC parking. Surgery Clerkship students are allowed Boren Garage
- Virginia Mason - no parking accomodations. Please contact Virginia Mason site coordinator for assistance.
- VA - parking is free
- What if I need special accommodations for pregnancy, learning impairment, or physical impairment?
- These arrangements are made by Office of Student Affairs in A-300. It is wise, however, to let us know as far in advance as possible so there are
no miscues. Please email Josh Powell
- What if I get sick?
- Email your team Chief Resident and
Josh Powell ASAP.
- How do I arrange housing at one of the WWAMI sites ?
- Information on WWAMI student travel may be found online at: Student Travel & Policy Procedures. For specific housing quesitons, contact the site coordinator where you are assigned.
- Will I be supplied with a pager?
- No, it is your responsibility to obtain a pager.
- What if I forget my access code for patient data privileges?
- Call UW Technology IT services at (206) 543-7012 for assistance.
- Will I be on call my first night of the clerkship?
- This may happen. It is a good idea to come prepared
to take call the first day just in case.
- What if I need a day off for a wedding or a conference?
- Please do NOT assume you can get the time off. With permission from the clerkship director, students
may be excused for 1-2 days (including travel time). Please send all requests
to Josh Powell. For more information, read
the SOM Clerkship Absentee Policy
- Consensus site grades are supplied by site directors and sent verbatim to the Dean. The Site
- Billings Clinic: Dr. Scott Dull | Billings Surgical Associates: Dr. Jeffrey Rentz
Boise: Dr. Kim Lynch
Caldwell: Dr. Ronald Cornwell
Casper: Dr. James Anderson
Fairbanks: Dr. Timothy Teslow
Harborview: Dr. Grant O'Keefe
Kalispell: Dr. Sydney Lillard
Madigan: Dr. Scott Steele
Missoula: Dr. Bradley Pickhardt
Sheridan: Dr. Sara Smith
Spokane: Dr. Timothy Bax
UWMC: Dr. Kristine Calhoun
Virginia Mason: Dr. Ravi Moonka
Wenatchee: Dr. Thomas Tuszynski
- How do I excel on the clinical
portion of the rotation?
- Know your
patients and their disease processes, be
prepared for the operating room with an understanding of the procedure,
alternatives and relevant anatomy and physiology. Be a proactive and
ENTHUSIASTIC member of the surgical team.
- Is one site more generous with clinical Honors?
- Historically, no. Although the results are uneven over the
span of the academic year (e.g. more honors in January than in July)
- What if I fail Surgery Clerkship?
- You must fail the clinical portion of the clerkship or two
separate written exams. If this happens you must repeat the clerkship
at a different site.
- What if I have
to take a second written
- We have found
that failure of the
final examination is a knowledge-base problem. Wait at least four
weeks before scheduling a second test. This gives you time to read
- If, at the end of my
clerkship, all my write-ups
have not been returned , what should I do?
- Please notify
the support staff at your site which
faculty members still have your work. This will help in getting your
grade compiled in a timely fashion.
- If I finished my
clerkship a long time ago and I haven't
received a grade, what should I do?
- Contact Josh Powell for help. Grades must
be processed by
Josh before they go to the Dean's office. Professors
and students must not give grades directly to the Dean.
- When can I take my final exam?
- The final exam for the surgery clerkship is always given on the last
Friday morning of the rotation. Please plan to take the exam at that
- I want to be a surgeon and I "only" achieved a High Pass grade in the clerkship. Will I end up having to
choose another specialty?
- No. You will
match in a general surgery program.