SURG661DN.01 (Reno)
Pediatric Surgery

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Pediatric Surgery
  • Short Name: SURG661DN.01 Pediatric Surgery
  • Course Number: SURG661DN.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 weeks
  • Preceptor: Frieda M. Hulka, M.D.

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • Discuss important aspects of preoperative and postoperative care of pediatric surgical patients.
  • Identify treatment options and approaches for treating common pediatric surgical problems.
  • List at least three uncommon pediatric surgical diseases.
  • Understand the pathophysiology and/or embryology of at least three uncommon pediatric surgical diseases.
  • Describe the diagnostic evaluation and treatment options for at least three uncommon pediatric surgical diseases.
  • Demonstrate technical skills appropriate to level of training.

Description of Rotation

The pediatric surgery elective is a two-week elective for fourth-year medical students. Students on this rotation will participate in care in clinic, OR, pediatric ward, NICU and PICU. During the rotation, students will be able to participate in pre and post operative care, as well as intra-operative care of these pediatric patients. Some conditions will be similar to those seen in their third-year core surgical curriculum, but others will be novel. Students will have the opportunity to observe and participate in interactions between the pediatric surgeon, pediatric patients and their families. Students will also be expected to observe and participate in procedures in the operating room.


  • Pediatric Surgery, 6th Ed. (2 volume set), Authors: Grosfeld, O'Neill, Fonkalsrud, Coran. Publisher:
  • Mosbyu-Elsevier, 2006
  • Pediatric Surgery, 4th Ed., Authors: Ashcraft, Holcomb, Murphy. Publisher: Elsevier-Saunders, 2005
  • Operative Pediatric Surgery, 6th Ed., Authors: Spitz and Coran. Publisher: Hodder-Arnold, 2006

Evaluation Method

Subjective utilizing the standard evaluation form.


  • Honors: An exceptional performance which exceeds all course objectives
  • High Pass: A performance which exceeds most course objectives
  • Pass: A performance which meets the course objectives
  • Fail: A performance which does not meet the course objectives