Surgery Medical Student Education

With more than 800 medical student rotations across 10 departments each year, our medical center offers numerous opportunities to enhance clinical skills and expertise. Cedars-Sinai is passionate about our commitment to advancing scientific knowledge, instilling compassion and respect, and providing every possible tool and opportunity for medical students to receive a well-rounded medical education. Medical students play an integral role in the Department of Surgery as they work alongside our residents, fellows and attending physicians.

Surgery Education Program


The Department of Surgery's Medical Student Education Program offers medical students a wide variety of opportunities to learn and grow. Our teaching faculty are dedicated to enhancing student education at all levels:

Year 3 Clerkship

The third-year surgery clerkship at Cedars-Sinai is among the required surgery clerkships offered to students enrolled in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA (course number SU019). This clerkship attempts to expose third-year medical students to the important concepts, diseases and practices of general surgery.

UCLA offers and assigns these 3-week rotations in general surgery:

  • Acute care surgery
  • Advanced general surgery
  • Vascular surgery

Cedars-Sinai offers and assigns these rotations for students enrolled in the continuity program in general surgery and surgical subspecialties (course number SU012), and obstetrics-gynecology:

  • General surgery (3 weeks)
    • Acute care surgery
    • Surgical oncology
    • Thoracic surgery
  • Surgical subspecialty (2 weeks)
    • Anesthesiology
    • Hepatobiliary and transplant surgery
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Ophthalmology
    • Orthopedic surgery
    • Otolaryngology, head and neck surgery
    • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
    • Urology  

Year 4 Clerkship

We offer fourth year clerkships (Sub Internships) at Cedars-Sinai through the VSAS Application Service. Students can be assigned to the following rotations:

  • General surgery (3 weeks)
    • Acute care surgery
    • Surgical oncology
    • Thoracic surgery
    • Hepatobiliary surgery
    • Vascular surgery
    • Minimally invasive surgery
    • Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    • Surgical Critical Care
Medical Students

Medical students at Cedars-Sinai experience an unparalleled, comprehensive education with extensive hands-on care led by dedicated teaching faculty. Learn more about all the opportunities and resources available to our students.

Have Questions or Need Help?

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the Cedars-Sinai Surgery Residency Program, please call or send us a message.

8700 Beverly Blvd.
North Tower, #8215
Los Angeles, CA 90048  

Van Chau, Program Coordinator