Medical Student Fourth Year Surgery Electives

HMS Registration

Please register for fourth year elective courses with the Harvard Medical School Registrar. Application information and course descriptions for our fourth year externships can be found on the Registrar’s page.


General Surgery

Brigham and Women's Hospital's Department of Surgery offers four General Surgery courses, one for each General Surgery Service. Each elective is specific to one or more of the General Surgery Services. Courses are as follows:

  • Acute Care Surgery. Students rotate on the trauma and emergency surgical / Cushing service.
    Course Director: Reza Askari, MD
  • Colorectal Surgery (SU501M.23). Students rotate on the colorectal surgery / Chiefs service.
    Course Director: Joel Goldberg, MD
  • Gastrointestinal Surgery (SU506M.23). Students will rotate with the Gastrointestinal / Cutler service.
    Course Director: Douglas Smink, MD
  • Surgical Oncology (SU511M.23). Students will rotate with the Surgical Oncology / Moore service.
    Course Director: Thomas Clancy, MD
  • Vascular Surgery (SU519M.23). Students will rotate with the Vascular Surgery/ Mannick service.
    Course Director: Matthew Menard, MD

Please note: You are more likely to be placed in a general surgery course if you apply for three or four courses per month.


Department of Surgery offers the following courses in specialty services:

  • Clinical and Experimental Cardiac Surgery (SU504M.23).
  • Advanced Clinical Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery (OT501M.5).
    Course Director: Rachel Roditi, MD
  • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SU514M. JA).
    Course Director: Simon Talbot, MD
  • Surgical Critical Care Trauma and Burn Management (SU535M.23).
    Course Director: Stephanie Nitzschke, MD
  • General Thoracic Surgery (SU526M.23).
    Course Director: Ciaran McNamee, MD
  • Urologic Oncology (SU518M.23).
    Course Director: Martin Kathrins, MD

Contact Information

Please contact the Office of the Registrar for formal course descriptions, to register for a course, or to follow-up on a submitted application.

Office of the Registrar
Harvard Medical School
25 Shattuck Street
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 432-1515

For any other questions, please contact:

Surgery Education Office
Brigham and Women's Hospital
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 732-6861


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