Surgery Acting Internship

Faculty: James M. Nottingham, M.D. - AI Director

Institution: Palmetto Health Richland

Location: Columbia, South Carolina

Duration: 4 weeks

Course Offered: Periods 3-9

Number of Students: 1 Per Period

Students Report To: Dr. Nottingham at office (803-256-2657) one week prior to rotation beginning to set up meeting place and time. (Secretary: Patti Smith).

Acting Interns (AI) serve as junior surgical house officers to patients with both acute and chronic surgical problems. During the 4 week rotation, students will spend time on one or more of the university surgical services. These services consist of general, trauma and vascular surgery. Students will take in-house call with surgical residents every third or fourth night. On call both residents and faculty will supervise AI activities. They will be exposed to busy general, vascular and trauma surgery services. The student’s experience will include patient encounters in the ICUs, surgical floors, trauma department and various outpatient settings. Students work with the interns, residents and USCSM faculty. Acting Interns also will be expected to participate in the education of the junior medical students rotating through their surgical clerkships. Educational material is presented through attending and resident rounds, didactic lectures, sub-specialty conferences, weekly grand rounds, resident case presentations and weekly morbidity/mortality conferences. Acting Interns attend all specialty conferences. Students are expected to function at the level of a junior surgical house officer.