SURG690N.01 (Reno)
Independent Study in Surgery

Office of Medical Education

  • Course Name: Independent Study in Surgery
  • Short Name: SURG 690N.01 Indp Study Surgery
  • Course Number: SURG690N.01
  • Location: Reno
  • Department: Office of Medical Education: Reno
  • Type: Non-Clinical
  • Length: 2 – 4 weeks

Please contact the Office of Medical Education: Reno to verify elective availability.


  • Choose within several options within this flexible elective: Mastery of a specific topic in surgery which exceeds the knowledge gained from required rotations expected
  • Contribute to the creation, dissemination, application and translation of new health care knowledge and practices
  • Communicate effectively with colleagues within one’s profession or specialty, other health care providers
  • Provide leadership skills that enhance team functioning, the learning environment, and/or the health care delivery system
  • Locate, appraise, and assimilate evidence from scientific studies related to patients’ health problems
  • Use information technology to optimize learning

Description of Rotation

This is a two or four week course to allow students to pursue intensive study of a special problem related to surgery, which may include clinical or basic science research projects. This rotation will provide an opportunity for unstructured time and non-clinical credits for their work. On applying for the course, please inform the coordinator of the course of the title and nature of the project, as well as the responsible attending, who must be UNR faculty. At the completion of the course, the student must have a written report or manuscript turned in, the length appropriate to the project and to the number of weeks of credit requested. This will be turned in to the department director for review.


To be determined by the faculty preceptor based upon the topic chosen for study.

Evaluation Method

Grading will be based on 100% on evaluations from faculty you have worked with, to include your conduct during the information gathering phase, experimental phase and writing of the report or manuscript. Included will also be an assessment of the written materials turned in at the end of the course.


  • 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

Please contact the Office of Medical Education to verify elective availability. Requests for this course are required to be accompanied by a proposal for a preceptor and topic.