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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 Department of Surgery offers a general surgery elective, which allows students to rotate on one of the general surgery services. Details are as follows:

General Surgery (SU501M.23)
Course Director: Mark Fairweather, MD

Services (students choose one):

  • Cushing service (Acute Care Surgery)
    Preceptor: Reza Askari, MD
  • Cutler service (Gastrointestinal Surgery)
    Preceptor: Brent Shoji, MD
  • Mannick service (Vascular Surgery)
    Preceptor: Matthew Menard, MD
  • Moore service (Surgical Oncology, including Breast)
    Preceptor: Thomas Clancy, MD
  • Chiefs service (Surgical Oncology - Endocrine)
    Preceptor: Matthew Nehs, MD
  • Zinner service (Colorectal Surgery)
    Preceptor: Joel Goldberg, MD


The 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: Justin Broyles, 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
  • Diseases of the Genitourinary Tract (SU518M.23a) and Urologic Oncology (SU518M.23b)
    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.

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

For any other questions, please contact:

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


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