SURG661FM.01 (Reno)
General Surgery Sub-Internship

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: General Surgery Sub-Internship
  • Short Name: SURG661FM.01 Gen Surgery Sub-I
  • Course Number: SURG661FM.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Type: Clinical
  • Length: 2 weeks scheduled between third year sessions
  • Preceptor: Department Faculty

Please contact the department to verify elective availability.


  • Demonstrate proficient history taking and physical exam skills
  • Understand the process of developing and narrowing differential diagnosis for common surgical problems
  • Master entry level technical skills for general surgeons
  • Obtain informed consent for a procedure or testing under supervision
  • Understand the roles of physician and non-physician team members in general surgery to provide the best patient care
  • Coordinate care and communication between team members throughout a patient’s hospital stay

Description of Rotation

The student functions as a sub-intern on the general surgery service. The student is assigned to one of the Community Faculty. The student will function at an intern level and will share duties. The student is on call every third night and participates in departmental didactic sessions, service clinic and all phases of pre-operative evaluation, as well as pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative care. This rotation is designed as a "hands-on" intensive experience in all phases of clinical and general surgical care. An emphasis on colorectal or surgical-oncology can be arranged. Attendance at private office hours allows for one-on-one interaction with attending physicians.


Schwartz. Principles of Surgery. McGraw Hill.

Evaluation Method

Written evaluation by the faculty preceptor.


  • 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

Special Notes

Availability restricted to weeks between third year sessions
Please contact the department to verify elective availability.