UNM Department of Surgery

Curriculum: Skills and Procedures

Patient Presentations

  • Abdominal pain, acute
  • Abdominal, groin mass/pain
  • Abscess
  • Breast mass
  • Burn
  • Claudication / rest pain
  • GI bleeding
  • Jaundice
  • Lymph node, swollen
  • Multiple organ failure
  • Nausea, vomiting & diarrhea
  • Neck mass
  • Obesity
  • Shock
  • Trauma

Examination

  • Abdominal examination
  • Breast examination
  • Heart & lung sound recognition
  • Rectal examination
  • Skin lesions identification

Interaction Skills

  • Informed consent
  • Morbidity and mortality conference presentations
  • End of life issues
  • Giving bad news

Procedures

  • Intubation, endotracheal
  • Mechanical ventilation, ambu bag & mask
  • NG/OG tube insertion
  • Urinary catheter insertion
  • Venipuncture/IV catheter insertion

Manual Techniques

  • I & D of simple abscess
  • Incisional / excisional biopsies
  • Sterile technique, gown, glove, scrub, instruments
  • Wound evaluation & care
  • Wound closure, suturing, stapling

Studies and interpretations

  • Acid base, electrolyte, ABG interpretation
  • CBC interpretation
  • CT/MRI basic interpretation, indications for
  • Doppler interpretation of pulses
  • EKG interpretation
  • Fluid & electrolyte calculations
  • LFT interpretation
  • X-ray interpretation, chest, abdomen, extremities