Surgical Lecture Series

We host a year long lecture series from leading surgeons at UCSF.  These monthly lunchtime talks highlight diverse topics within the field of surgery from specialty procedures to surgery in underserved populations to the medical legal aspects of the career.

OR Assist Elective

The OR can be an intimidating space for many medical students. Led by surgical residents, the OR Assist Elective introduces the "do's and don'ts" of the OR to fully prepare in tackling our Surgery clerkship and beyond. You will learn to scrub in and will be briefed on the different tools that surgeons use daily.

Overnight Trauma Call

The Overnight Trauma Call provides first person experience with major traumas as early as the first year of medical school. Students involved in the elective will head to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, the only Level 1 Trauma Center for the city of San Francisco, and observe the surgical residents and attendings at work as they save lives throughout the night. Students are able to enter the OR in the fast-paced and high stakes environment of trauma surgery.

Organ Transplant Elective

As of July 2019, there was approximately 113,000 people on a US organ transplant wait list. The UCSF Transplant Department is a leading force in transplant surgeries across the nation, and we get the opportunity to travel with surgical teams to procure donor organs and to observe the resulting recipient operations. This opportunity allows preclinical medical students to observe the important process of organ transplantation from start to finish. Additionally, we host a series of luchtime talks inviting transplant surgeons and representatives from the Californica Donor Network to increase our understanding of transplant procedures as well as the complex social impact intertwined within organ transplantation.

Cardiothoracic and Vascular Interventions Elective

In this lunchtime talk series, we invite cardiothoracic and vascular surgeons to discuss their careers, provide an overview of specialized procedures, and gift advice for a successful and satisfying career in surgery. We highlight surgeons and residents in UCSF's new Vascular Surgery Integrated Residency Program, an accelerated residency for vascular surgeons of which there are only a handful in the nation.

Surgery Skills Elective (Beginner/Intermediate)

The Surgery Skills Electives will provide experience in knot tying, suturing, instrument handling, and scrubbing in. Surgical residents teach each session and provide direct instruction. The intermediate course, provided to second year medical students, will spiral on the techniques and skills covered in the beginner sessions offered in medical students' first year of study.