Trauma/Critical Care Surgery - AIMMC

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed all M3 Core Clerkships.

PURPOSE: To gain an understanding of basic trauma resuscitation, management of the acutely traumatized patient including the intensive care unit phase as well as the ICU management of general, vascular, cardiac, and other surgical specialty patients in the surgical intensive care unit.

COMPETENCIES:  To become comfortable with the initial resuscitation and management of the trauma patient. To gain an understanding and familiarity with a structured comprehensive organ system approach to the evaluation and management of the surgical intensive care unit patient.

Patient Care: The student will have opportunities to assess patients and learn diagnostic skills in acute settings.

Medical Knowledge: The didactics will assist students in the application of basic principles and increase the depth of knowledge as it relates to trauma and surgical critical care.

Practice Based Learning:  This rotation will allow the student to identify knowledge deficits in critical situations and also identify what technical skills will be need to be acquired for effective interventions. 

Interpersonal and Communication Skills:  Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach to care, the student will gain insight into patient and staff interactions and communications. 

Systems Based Practice: The trauma patient as well as the critically ill patient present unique challenges to the healthcare team. Through an interdisciplinary approach, the student will obtain a useful skill set to assist in the management of these complex patients.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES:  The student is involved in initial resuscitation, operative procedures, and critical-care management. The student functions at an extern level and is supervised by the trauma senior residents, fellow and attending staff. The student is encouraged to participate actively in all ED, OR, and ICU procedures including ultrasound, wound repair, chest tube insertion, pulmonary artery catheter insertion and central venous catheter and arterial line placement.
ASSESSMENT: Direct observation by attending staff that is present 24/7.


Program Number: ELEC 682
Location: AIMMC
Site Director: Michelle Mellett, M.D.,

Coordinator: Emy Mendoza,

Duration: 4 Weeks
Night Call: Yes
Weekends: Yes

Students Accepted: Min. 0;  Max. 3
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Adjunct
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 3/7/14
Laboratory/Independent Study: No
Outpatient: Optional 4 hours/week
Inpatient: 45
Total Hours/Week (Including Call): 60

Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.


Note: Clinical electives at Avocate hospitals (ACMC, AIMMC, ALGH) are only available to students from LCME and AOA accredited institutions.

Updated:  10/12/15