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140 Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons students matriculated in 2018. The acceptance rate was 3.4%. 4 students matched to general surgery and 8 to preliminary surgery on 2019 Match Day. In their general surgery clerkship, students assume care for patients before, during, and after surgery. In addition to their regular daytime learning, students participate in night calls, outpatient visits, emergency room consultations, and conferences.
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Medical students at the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine don’t receive traditional grades; for their first two years they’re graded on a pass/fail system, and in their clerkship year they’re graded on a system of honors, high pass, pass, pass with remediation, or fail. Each student completes a mandatory six-week surgery clerkship, and they can choose to supplement this in their fourth year with one or more of 8 offered surgery electives. 17% of students matched for surgery specialties on Match Day 2019. Alix has a small class size of 102, and the median undergraduate GPA and MCAT score of matriculated students was 3.92 and 520, respectively.
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In 2019, 7 Stanford medical students matched to general surgery. During a mandatory 8-week surgery clerkship in students’ third year, they treat a variety of patients as full members of a surgical team. Interested students can also elect to participate in the advanced surgery clerkship/sub-internship in their fourth year of medical school.
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The third-year medical student surgery clerkship at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor gives students the surgical knowledge and clinical skills they’ll need as physicians, regardless of their ultimate choice in specialties. Medical students rotate on many services, including endocrine surgery, plastic surgery, trauma and burn surgery, surgical oncology, and more. With median GPA of 3.78 and an MCAT score in the 90.77th percentile, Michigan had 6 of its students match into general surgery residency programs. Additionally, the Department of Surgery offers clinical electives and programs that prepare fourth-year medical students as they apply for residency. These opportunities build surgical expertise and leadership skills.
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