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Pre-Op Program

What is PreOp?

PreOp aims to provide structured exposure to a range of surgical specialties, and enhanced clinical experience to students earlier on in their medical education. The program offers an experience beyond strict shadowing, emphasizing as much hands-on exposure as possible, under the supervision and at the discretion of each PreOp mentor. As an adjunct to the core five surgical specialty rotations, skills workshops and lectures are held throughout the year to enhance basic technical competencies.

What is required?

  1. Shadowing Rotations Every Two Months
  • From September to June, students will rotate through 5 different specialties every two months from this grouping: general surgery, vascular, transplant, plastics, breast, pediatric, burn, otolaryngology, colorectal, and interventional radiology.
  • Requirement: 1-5 afternoons of shadowing per month for 10 months
  • Skills Workshops
    • Monthly skills workshops at the Skills Acquisition & Innovation Laboratory (SAIL) include: scrubbing into the OR, knot tying, suturing, laparoscopic technique, vessel anastomosis, robotic techniques, electrosurgery and more.
  • Faculty Lectures
    • Lectures throughout the year delivered by various PreOp Mentors.


     


    Our Mentors

    Dr. Marc Cohen
    Head & Neck Surgery
    Bio




    Dr. Peter Connolly 
    Vascular Surgery
    Bio
    Video



    Dr. Gregory Dakin 
    Bariatric/General Surgery
    Bio
    Video



    Dr. James J. Gallagher 
    Burn Surgery
    Bio
    Video



    Dr. Kelly Garrett 
    Colorectal Surgery
    Bio
    Video



    Dr. David Otterburn 
    Plastic Surgery
    Bio




    Dr. Demetri J. Merianos 
    Pediatric Surgery
    Bio




    Dr. Rache Simmons 
    Breast Surgery
    Bio
    Video



    Dr. Akhilesh K. Sista 
    Vascular & Interventional Radiology
    Bio
    Video



    Dr. Anthony Watkins 
    Transplant Surgery
    Bio
    Video




    Program Leadership

    Faculty sponsor: Dr. Gregory Dakin, Associate Professor of Surgery and Director of the Third-Year Surgical Clerkship

    Co-Founders: Stefanie Lazow and Rachael Venn, WCMC Class of 2016

    Student leadership: Gary Kocharian, Kyle Morse, Alejandra Toro, Dawit Jowhar, Seth Aschen, and Beiyi Shen, WCMC Class of 2017

    Related Programs & Links

    Office of Admissions Yasmine G. Reeder 445 East 69th Street
    Room 104
    New York, NY 10065 (212) 746-1067

    Office of Medical Education 1300 York Avenue, Room C-118 New York, NY 10065 (212) 746-1050