Providing opportunities for medical students to explore surgery

The Department of Surgery recognizes the importance and impact of surgical experiences for medical students. These early opportunities provide valuable insight for students, helping them to define their specific focus in medicine, whether it’s surgery or another specialty. That’s why we offer an innovative program for third-year students as well as comprehensive fourth-year programs in a clinical setting. A surgery honors program for accomplished medical students interested in a surgical career provides another layer of knowledge and experiences.


Professor with Medical Students

Third-Year Collaboration With Ob/Gyn


The Ohio State College of Medicine’s Lead.Serve.Inspire. (LSI) curriculum implemented a longitudinal and vertically integrated curriculum in 2012 aimed at a competency-based education. After 18 months of clinical foundations have been completed in part one, part two of the LSI curriculum introduces the clerkship experiences in three integrated “rings” combining medical disciplines with similar foundational principles. 

The Understanding Patients with Reproductive and Surgical Needs (UPRSN) ring combines the surgery clerkship with obstetrics/gynecology and anesthesiology over a 16-week ring comprising an orientation week, 14 weeks of unique clinical experiences and a final assessment week. You can read more about this program by downloading the clerkship manual

Fourth Year Specialty With Career Track


The clinical track in surgery is designed for students who will enter a surgical specialty through a general surgery program or for students who will pursue a residency in general surgery. The goal for the clinical track is to measure the success of students who have completed LSI Phase 3, and to prepare students for residency selection and matching, as well as for success as a surgical resident.

Our surgery “Boot Camp” is a two-week program offered shortly after the Match, and is strongly encouraged for all students entering a surgery residency. It’s structured on the ACS/APDS/ASE Resident Preparation Curriculum

Surgery Honors Program M4


The Surgery Honors Program is a longitudinal elective that promotes additional education, research and leadership to exceptional students who are interested in careers in surgery. The Surgery Honors course is open to fourth-year students who have received overall honors or honors in surgery during their third year, and is through application only. 

Students selected for the program will advance their basic surgical techniques, gain an in-depth understanding of the major issues related to surgery and further develop their critical thinking skills. This will help students develop lifelong learning habits and experience the many facets of being an academic surgeon. A mentored, publishable research project is a requirement for the course as well.

Visiting Med Student Rotations


Limited visiting medical student rotations are available to qualified medical students who have completed a core clerkship in general surgery at their home institution. For example, a limited number of students from Meharry Medical College in Nashville have participated in rotations at Ohio State as part of a diversity initiative.

Surgery Research Mentorship


The Ohio State College of Medicine Office of Research Education aims to connect interested medical students to basic, clinical and translational research, mentors and funding opportunities.

Visit the College of Medicine website for help finding a mentor.