The purpose of this course is to provide an overview of surgery and how it impacts health care in the community. Students will be introduced to the spectrum of surgical care with the goal of developing an appreciation of the role that surgery plays in society. The interaction between faculty and students is a critical component and students will be exposed to surgeons from multiple surgical specialties. Each session will consist of a short interactive didactic lecture followed by a skill module when applicable. Case-based teaching, small group discussions and independent study will be utilized. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of the role of surgery in all aspects of health care and an appreciation of how surgical approaches are used to treat disease in the community. In addition, students will have an awareness of the career opportunities that exist within the surgical discipline.
Course Requirements and Grades:
There is no required text for this course. Students will be given an instructor prepared syllabus (8-10 pages/lecture) which is a synthesis of the current literature, along with 1-2 articles from the current medical literature and thinking about the topic on the first day of the course. Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the assigned readings. This will be reflected in their class participation grade.
The course grade will be determined by participation in class discussions, preparation (pre-reading) for each session and the two multiple-choice, short essay examinations.
The grading breakdown is as follows:
Class Participation/Preparation 10%
Mid-term multiple choice, short essay examination 40%
Final multiple choice, short essay examination 50%
Grading Scale is as follows:
A = 93- 100 %
A- = 90-92%
B+ = 87-89%
B = 83-86%
B- = 80-82%
C- = 70-72%
D- = 60-62%
F = below 60%
Attendance is required. An excused absence may be obtained for illness, personal emergencies or religious holidays by calling the course director before the date of the absence. An unexcused absence will be reflected in the overall course grade.
Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to me (or to TA) as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.
Statement on Academic Integrity
USC seeks to maintain an optimal learning environment. General principles of academic honesty include the concept of respect for the intellectual property of others, the expectation that individual work will be submitted unless otherwise allowed by an instructor, and the obligations both to protect one’s own academic work from misuse by others as well as to avoid using another’s work as one’s own. All students are expected to understand and abide by these principles. Scampus, the Student Guidebook, contains the Student Conduct Code in Section 11.00, while the recommended sanctions are located in Appendix A: http://www.usc.edu/dept/publications/SCAMPUS/gov/. Students will be referred to the Office of Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards for further review, should there be any suspicion of academic dishonesty. The Review process can be found at: http://www.usc.edu/student-affairs/SJACS/.
Emergency Preparedness/Course Continuity:
In case of emergency, and travel to campus is difficult, USC executive leadership will announce an electronic way for instructors to teach students in their residence halls or homes using a combination of Blackboard, teleconferencing, and other technologies. Instructors should be prepared to assign students a "Plan B" project that can be completed at a distance. For additional information about maintaining your classes in an emergency please access: http://cst.usc.edu/services/emergencyprep.html