PreOp Program

What is PreOp?

PreOp aims to provide structured exposure to a range of surgical specialties, and enhanced clinical experience to students earlier on in their medical education. The program offers an experience beyond strict shadowing, emphasizing as much hands-on exposure as possible, under the supervision and at the discretion of each PreOp mentor. As an adjunct to the core five surgical specialty rotations, skills workshops and lectures are held throughout the year to enhance basic technical competencies.


What is required?

  1. Shadowing Rotations Every Two Months
    • From September to June, students will rotate through 5 different specialties every two months from this grouping: general surgery, vascular, transplant, plastics, breast, pediatric, burn, otolaryngology, colorectal, and interventional radiology.
    • Requirement: 1-5 afternoons of shadowing per month for 10 months
  2. Skills Workshops
    • Monthly skills workshops at the Skills Acquisition & Innovation Laboratory (SAIL) include: scrubbing into the OR, knot tying, suturing, laparoscopic technique, vessel anastomosis, robotic techniques, electrosurgery and more.
  3. Faculty Lectures
    • Lectures throughout the year delivered by various PreOp Mentors.




Our Mentors

Dr. Marc Cohen
Head & Neck Surgery
Bio




Dr. Peter Connolly
Vascular Surgery
Bio
Video



Dr. Gregory Dakin
Bariatric/General Surgery
Bio
Video



Dr. James J. Gallagher
Burn Surgery
Bio
Video



Dr. Kelly Garrett
Colorectal Surgery
Bio
Video



Dr. David Otterburn
Plastic Surgery
Bio




Dr. Demetri J. Merianos
Pediatric Surgery
Bio




Dr. Rache Simmons
Breast Surgery
Bio
Video



Dr. Akhilesh K. Sista
Vascular & Interventional Radiology
Bio
Video



Dr. Anthony Watkins
Transplant Surgery
Bio
Video




Program Leadership

Faculty sponsor: Dr. Gregory Dakin, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Third-Year Surgical Clerkship

Co-Founders: Stefanie Lazow and Rachael Venn, WCMC Class of 2016

Student leadership: Gary Kocharian, Kyle Morse, Alejandra Toro, Dawit Jowhar, Seth Aschen, and Beiyi Shen, WCMC Class of 2017


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