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Clerkships

Surgery Clerkship

NYMCSOM students engage in clinical clerkships that build real-world clinical skills. The surgery clerkship introduces students to the discipline of general and trauma surgery. During the surgery clerkships, students function as members of the onsite clinical surgery team with attending physicians, fellows, residents, interns, nurses and allied health professionals. Through our mentorship program, medical students are integrated with supervised patient care, operative experience, conferences, lectures, and teaching rounds. Instruction occurs through direct patient contact, operating room and bedside teaching, and conferences. Students apply what they have learned in the classroom and receive mentorship to grow in confidence, competence and responsibility. Medical students in all years of training are offered electives in all surgical disciplines and subspecialties for career exploration.

Clinical Clerkship Sites and Faculty


Westchester Medical Center (WMC)

Located in Valhalla, New York, Westchester Medical Center is the Hudson Valley region's advanced medical care and referral hospital, serving more than 3.5 million people. Each year, more than 120,000 patients receive care at WMC in every clinical specialty through the main hospital, Maria Fareri Children's Hospital – the only all-specialty children's hospital in the region - and the Behavioral Health Center.  WMC’s services are also accessible to residents of New York City and portions of Fairfield County, Connecticut. With a total workforce of 7,000 healthcare professionals including 1200 physicians, WMC is one of the region’s largest sources of employment and economic impact. From prevention to education and treatment, the physicians, health care staff and volunteers at WMC and MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie have a reputation as the region’s most advanced and innovative health care delivery system. WMC is known for its advanced medical care in trauma and burn, heart, cancer, transplant, neuroscience and pediatrics, community hospitals within a 5,000-square-mile range send their most difficult cases to this regional, tertiary referral facility. It is home to the regions’ only Level 1 Trauma Center, Level IV NICU, PICU and burn center. WMC is the only full-service cardiac center, including heart transplant. The Cancer Center at WMC is the only Academic Comprehensive Cancer Program in the region accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer, caring for more than 1,500 newly-diagnosed cancer patients each year.

Site Director:                                      Elizabeth Zellner, MD

Assistant Site Director:                        Vincent Blood, MD

Department Chair:                              Rifat Latifi, MD


MidHudson Regional Hospital   

MidHudson Regional Hospital is a Member of the WMCHealth Network, a non-profit, 241-bed hospital providing specialty services to the northern Hudson Region. MHRH specialty centers include a state-of-the-art Center for Robotic Surgery, the Redl Center for Cancer Care, and the Level II George T. Whalen Family Trauma Center and James J. McCann Emergency Care Center, and the Center for Communication Disorders in children and adults, and the Center for Wound Healing and Hyperbaric Medicine. Specialty services and programs also include physical and occupational therapy delivered through the hospital-based Therapy Connection, an Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Program, Certified Home Health Services and Licensed Home Care, Center for Healthy Living and Weight Loss, Mental Health & Chemical Dependency Programs, and The Special Needs Preschool. In addition, outpatient Nutrition Services, Diabetes Management, and sleep disorder assessment and treatment in the Sleep Center are offered.         

Site Director:                     James Feeney, MD

Department Chair:             Rifat Latifi, MD


Good Samaritan Hospital

Good Samaritan Hospital is a member of the WMCHealth Network; a non-profit, 286-bed hospital providing emergency surgical, medical, obstetric and gynecologic and acute care services to residents of Rockland and southern Orange Counties in New York; and northern Bergen County, New Jersey. Good Samaritan Hospital is recognized regionally for specialty services that include comprehensive cancer treatment, cardiovascular services including open heart surgery, cardiac catheterization, emergency angioplasty, electrophysiology, a pacemaker clinic and heart failure specialty care, Wound Care Center, maternal/child services (level II special care nursery and the Children's Diagnostic Center) and pediatric subspecialists. Good Samaritan also provides social, psychiatric and substance abuse services for the area as well as home health care services to the residents of Rockland and Orange Counties, New York.

Site Director:                                Frank Aversano, MD

Department Leadership:                Thomas Facelle, MD – Chief of Surgery


Metropolitan Hospital Center

Since its founding in 1875, Metropolitan Hospital Center has been affiliated with New York Medical College, representing the oldest American partnership between a hospital and a private medical school in the United States. Today, Metropolitan Hospital, municipally owned by the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation, provides full-service, acute care inpatient treatments emphasizing primary care medicine, and utilizing the latest advances in medical science. Metropolitan prides itself on delivering culturally –sensitive care to diverse neighborhoods of northern Manhattan.

Site Director:                           John Degliuomini, MD

Department Chair:                   Marc Wallack, MD


Lincoln Hospital

Established in 1839, Lincoln is municipally owned by the NYC Health + Hospitals Corporation. Located in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx, Lincoln is a full service acute care hospital and one of the Premier Trauma Centers in the country as a designated American College of Surgeons’ Level I Trauma Center. The hospital offers comprehensive primary, secondary, and preventative and specialty care services to the cultural melting pot of the South Bronx, offering a unique and diverse experience.

Site Director:                           Ali Raza, MD

Department Chair:                   Sherry Melton, MD


Lenox Hill Hospital  

Lenox Hill Hospital is a 652-bed acute care hospital located on Manhattan's Upper East Side, and has earned a national reputation for outstanding patient care and innovative medical and surgical treatments. The hospital is particularly well known for excellence in vascular and orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, otolaryngology /head and neck surgery, internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and maternal /child health.

Site Director:                           Edward Yatco, MD

Department Chair:                   Gary Giangola, MD