Clerkship Phase

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

Welcome to your third-year clerkship in surgery. We hope that you will find the rotation interesting, challenging, and inspiring, but most of all educational and fun. We hope some students will pursue surgery as a career choice. However, all students will gain insight into the practice of surgery, which will aid in caring for patients in whatever medical field they do decide to pursue. We encourage students to be proactive learners, ask questions, and involve themselves thoroughly in their education.

As third year students, we want you to become integral members of the surgical team. We, the faculty and residents, will come to rely on you to provide care for these patients and at the same time, you will learn from them. You will also have more time to spend with patients than other members of the team. This is a very unique position that you might not have again, to truly get to know your patients well. It is not uncommon that patients often call the student, "the doctor."

We want to stress that we are your advocates and that you can address any concerns with us that might arise during the clerkship. We want you to take a very active role in your own education. Good luck!

Best Regards,

Michael Ditillo, DO, FACS
Surgery Clerkship Director

Nova Foster, MD, FACS
Surgery Clerkship Associate Director

Debbie Sherrow
Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator

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