Akron General

4 weeks

Number of Students

Director & Teaching Faculty
Farid F. Muakkassa, MD, FACS
Ali F. Mallat, MD, FACS
William Leukhardt, MD
Amy Jarvis, MD
Christopher Wolff, MD

1 Akron General Ave.
Akron, Ohio 44307



Medical students will understand the physiology, pathology, diagnosis and therapy of disorders of the cardiovascular, respiratory gastrointestinal, genitourinary, neurologic, endocrine, musculoskeletal and immune systems as well as infectious diseases commonly seen in the surgical or trauma patient.

The medical students will round daily with the SICU team. The team consists of a surgical intensivist, residents rotating from general surgery, emergency medicine, orthopaedics and urology, pharmacist, respiratory therapist, nutritionist and the SICU nurses. On occasion, junior medical students from NEOMED or other medical or osteopathic schools will also rotate in the SICU. The team will round on patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and those in Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit.

The rounds are teaching ones where each case is discussed as far as the diagnosis or injury, treatment, prognosis, complications and pharmacological interventions. The team will view and findings will be explained of all diagnostic images (x-rays, computed tomography scans, MRIs, vascular and gastrointestinal studies, transcranial Doppler studies etc.) Medical students will also learn about management of patients on ventilators and the different modes used as well as weaning of the ventilators.

Non-invasive ventilator modes will be explained. Students will also learn how to interpret hemodynamic parameters and intracranial pressure parameters.The students are given the opportunity to observe and participate (depending on their experience) with invasive procedures such as placement of central lines, arterial lines, chest tubes, intubations, suturing of lacerations, intra cranial pressure monitors etc. They can also watch endoscopies and other procedures done in the SICU/NSICU.

Medical students are required to attend surgery Morbidity and Mortality conferences every Wednesday at 7 a.m. and Trauma Grand Rounds every third Thursday at 7 a.m. Medical students will also be required to participate in the SICU monthly journal club. The student has the option of choosing a clinically relevant topic or one can be assigned to them.

Guidelines on how to critically appraise and present the journal article will also be provided. Students are welcome to attend other surgical conferences if interested. Student may take call 1-3 times during their rotation.