Medical Students

Third-year students from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine rotate through the Department of Surgery in small groups for eight weeks at a time as a part of their curriculum. While the students are in the clerkship, they are assigned to a team of attending surgeons and residents to shadow in the operating room, clinics and at departmental education conferences. The students also attend a series of 36 student-geared lectures prepared and presented by the surgery department’s faculty members. Rita Rys is the clerkship coordinator who works in conjunction with Dr. Marjie Persons, the clerkship director.

Contact at University Hospitals

Meggi Lensman
Academic Residency Program Coordinator

Student Articles For Download


While in the surgery clerkship, students will experience:

  • Four weeks on a general surgery service
  • One week on anesthesia
  • Two weeks on emergency medicine
  • One week on a surgical elective of their choice


  • Holden: General Surgery, especially bariatric and minimally invasive procedures
  • Lenhart: General Surgery, especially oncology, pancreatic and endocrine procedures
  • Barry and Hubay: Colorectal Surgery
  • Wolkoff: Transplant Surgery
  • Izant: Pediatric Surgery
  • Allen and Cutler: Vascular Surgery
  • Schuck: Hepatobiliary Surgery


  • Anesthesia
  • Colorectal Surgery
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopaedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Surgical Intensive Care Unit
  • Transplant
  • Urology

Contact at MetroHealth Medical Center

Jennifer Lastic
Surgery Clerkship Coordinator


While in the surgery clerkship, students will experience four weeks on a general surgery service. The clerkship also will include two electives for two weeks each in the following:

  • Green: General Surgery, endocrine, bariatric/minimally invasive
  • Blue: General Surgery, breast, surgical oncology


  • Burn
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Urology
  • Otolaryngology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery