Clerkship Phase

The Surgery Clerkship is one of seven required clerkships at the University of Arizona College of Medicine — Tucson.

Welcome to your clerkship in surgery! We hope that you will find the rotation interesting, challenging, inspiring and, most of all, educational and fun. Whether or not you choose surgery as your career path, you will gain insight into the practice of surgery, which will help you care for patients in any field of medicine you have decided to pursue. We encourage you to be a proactive learner, ask questions and involve yourself thoroughly in your education.

As a third-year student, we want you to become an integral member of the surgical team. We — the faculty and residents — will rely on you to provide care for our patients. And you will learn from the patients, too. You will also have more time to spend with patients than other members of the team do. This gives you a unique opportunity to get to know your patients well, and one you might not have again. It is not uncommon for patients to call the student, “the doctor.”

We are your advocates, and you can talk to us about any concerns that might come up during your clerkship. We want you to take an active role in your medical education. Good luck!

Best Regards,

Tanya Anand, MD, MPH
Surgery Clerkship Director

James McClenathan, MD, FACS
Assistant Clerkship Director

Christina Bastian
Program Coordinator, Clerkship Education

Rotation Sites

  • Banner - University Medical Center Tucson
    • HPB/Transplant                                                                                       
    • Minimally Invasive/Robotic Surgery                                                
    • Surgical Oncology (Colorectal, Endocrine/Soft Tissue/Breast)
    • Trauma – Emergency Surgery and Critical Care
    • Vascular
  • Banner - University Medical Center South
    • General Surgery      
  • Southern Arizona Veterans Health Care System (SAVAHCS)
    • General Surgery      
  • Private Practice – General Surgery (Tucson)
  • Private Practice - General Surgery (Rural)

For more information about the Clerkship Program, including Goals and Objectives:

Surgery Clerkship Manual

Information on the dress code policy for both Banner - University Medical Center and the University of Arizona can be found here:

UA Dress Code
Banner Health Dress Code