General Surgery Interest Group

The General Surgery Interest Group is a student-run organization that works in conjunction with the Department of Surgery to foster interest in general surgery. The group allows students considering the field the opportunity to learn more about careers in general surgery through information sessions, case discussions, and hands-on experiences, and provides students planning to pursue careers in general surgery with professional mentorship by facilitating student-resident partnerships.

Mission: “Stimulate interest in surgery among all Duke medical students and specifically promote increased pursuit of surgery as a career.”

2016-2017 Upcoming Events:




Guest Faculty “Roadmap” Lecture Series

Roadmap #1: Surgery Symposium
Roadmap #2: Why General Surgery
Roadmap #3: Medical School as a Surgeon-to-be
Roadmap #4: Becoming a Surgeon Scientist
Roadmap #5: Surgical Residency & the Match

Suture Workshops

These events allow students to hone technical skills and receive teaching from people with great experience (as opposed to learning via YouTube). We plan to host a few formal sessions with General Surgery Residents and to begin having open hours in the SEAL Lab on a weekly basis for students to come in to practice.

Suture Stations

After participating in skills workshops and open hours, students will be able to continue to practice their newly generated skills at suture stations that are being installed on the 4th floor. This dedicated practice area is something that we are very excited about offering to Duke students. We hope that this will allow them time to hone technical skills so they are ready to impress when their surgical rotation comes.

First Year Anatomy Supplement

This program helps to introduce clinical anatomy problems to first-year students. It is an incentive-based program that provides rewards to students for doing extra work. This will provide an introduction to residents who we see as amazing ambassadors for the general surgery residency program while simultaneously increasing student enthusiasm and strengthening their background in anatomical science and clinical reasoning.

Case Discussions/Surgical Specialty Lunch Series

In the Spring of 2017, we plan to launch a new program to introduce first-year medical students to surgical attending physicians. This program will consist of a lunch series that will highlight the diversity between surgical specialties. Ideally there will be 10 of these lunches throughout the 20-week course.

Research Mentorship Resources and Mixer

We are working to compile a new resource for medical students to provide better exposure to research mentors within the department of surgery. Historically mentor relationships are usually formed as result of chance meeting or word of mouth recommendation form an upperclassman.

Second Year Anatomy Program

This program is held the Sunday before the beginning of the surgical clerkship for each rotation. We have recruited residents to help provide our students with instruction that links anatomy to the surgical curriculum.

Surgery Book Club

We plan to continues hosting a quarterly book club focusing on different realms of literature produced by surgeons. Ideally we would like to discuss Cope’s, one contemporary piece (likely When Breath Becomes Air), one classic piece of medical literature (likely The House of God), and one alternative book each year.

Third Year Mentorship Program

This program pairs students with residents who share similar career aspiration. Students are expected to join their mentors at least once every month in the operating room. This program also has organized sub-internship preparation courses to help third students improve skills during their third year and stay up to date on clinical material while away from the wards.

Health Career Academy at City of Medicine Academy

We were very fortunate to receive a grant from MainLine Health in Philadelphia, PA this Fall. This grant has led to the creation of an afterschool program for high school students focusing on case-based teaching of surgical disease.

Abdominal Transplant Pager

This program allows our first years an opportunity to see the operating room and to witness one of the more exciting parts of general surgery. Each week a student is given access to the transplant pager and is given the opportunity to join the transplant team during organ procurement.