PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have completed their M3 Core Clerkship in Surgery.

PURPOSE: Students on the Trauma Surgery Service at Christ Hospital & Medical Center will learn basic principles of assessment and resuscitation of major trauma victims, as well as advanced education in the critical care management of critically injured patients.

COMPETENCIES: Invasive procedures necessary for resuscitation of major trauma victims, interpretation of critical care data including hemodynamic parameters, ventilator management.

INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: The student will actively assess about 40 trauma patients/week and will learn to perform basic resuscitative procedures such as chest tube insertions, FAST ultrasound, laceration repair and central venous access. Education opportunities include teaching rounds with faculty twice/week, formal lectures/case presentations twice/week, and active participation in the out-patient clinic for trauma patients. Participation in a wide variety of operative procedures is highly recommended, but not mandatory.

ASSESSMENT: Based on direct attending surgeon interactions with input from resident staffs.


Program Number: ELEC 701
Location: ACMC
Program Director: J. Doherty, MD
Telephone: 708-684-5684
Coordinator:  Lucia Ontiveros
Duration:  4 Weeks
Night Call: Variable (not to exceed Q3)
Weekends: Yes
Students Accepted: Min. 0 Max. 3
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 4 hrs.
Laboratory/Independent Study: 0
Outpatient: 6
Inpatient: 60
Total Hours /Week: 70

Please review this website prior to your first day.

Immunization & Compliance forms can be found here.


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

Updated: 02/15/22