Department of Urology: School of Medicine: University of California, Irvine
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Program Schedule

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UC Irvine’s Summer Surgery Program is primarily located at UC Irvine Medical Center in Orange; however, two days of each session are dedicated to patient simulation and hands-on workshops at the Medical Education Building on the UC Irvine Main Campus in Irvine.

A typical day will begin at 7:00am with breakfast and a meet-n-greet with various UCI Attending Surgeons. This is an informal introduction to all different fields of medicine, and gives our students one-on-one time for open dialog with some of our world renowned physicians.

Afterward, the Anatomy Dissection Course will be held in the Surgical Education Laboratory. Our summer surgeons will learn anatomy just like a surgeon. Summer Surgeons will get an unmatched experience in hands-on dissection of a fetal pig with overhead lights and surgical instruments as they participate in lectures taught by senior medical students and distinguished faculty.

Lunch is provided every day during which table top discussions take place which give our Summer Surgeons insight about:

  • Applying to college
  • Life as a premed undergraduate/medical student/resident/physician
  • Surgical cases they have seen in the operating room
  • How to get involved in research and other volunteer opportunities

After lunch, half of the Summer Surgeons will join medical students to observe live surgical cases in the UC Irvine Douglas Hospital surgical suites; the other half will begin surgical skills training in hands-on workshops at our state of the art Surgical Education Center. In these surgical skills workshops, every Summer Surgeon will learn open, laparoscopic, and robotic surgical techniques on the same equipment our very own physicians and residents train on. Additionally, our summer surgeons will learn and master suturing and knot tying techniques. Mid-afternoon, the two groups switch.

Once a week, our program will be held at the Medical Education Building at UC Irvine School of Medicine’s Main Campus in Irvine. The first day will be primarily didactic lectures and demonstrations on ultrasound, learning how to take a patient’s medical history and physical exam, and how to assess a patient in an emergency. The second day will build off of the previous day’s lectures with hands-on workshops in our State of the Art Simulation Center. Students will receive BLS training to become CPR certified, will perform ultrasound, and will participate in virtual reality simulation training that is identical to that of the medical students and residents who train here at UC Irvine. They will also learn techniques in intubation and ultrasound-guided central venous catheter placement. Lastly, each day will end with a wrap-up session so that the students can integrate and discuss what they’ve learned.

To enhance their learning experience, our summer surgeons will be divided into groups and given case studies that model real surgical cases that they will be observing in the operating room. A wrap-up session will conclude each day so that the students can integrate and discuss what they have learned.

At the conclusion of each session, the Summer Surgeons will demonstrate what they’ve learned on a final exam that includes an anatomy lab practical exam as well as a surgical skills assessment. The top students in each category will be recognized for their achievement during the Closing Ceremony and will be invited to return the next year as an Alumni Mentor.

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