James Freije, M.D.
James Freije, M.D., clerkship site director, Surgery


  • Required core rotation
  • 8 weeks in length
  • Four week rotation on general surgery and four weeks on specialty surgeries based on student interest
  • No formal on-call requirement


  • Develop adequate knowledge, basic technical skills, and attitudes about surgical disease
  • Display professional behavior and function effectively as a member of surgical team, often serving as first assistant with hands-on exposure in operating room at Mount Nittany Medical Center
  • Recognize surgery as a specialized area of knowledge, practice, and research dealing with evaluation, medical management, and invasive treatment of patients with injuries and surgically treated diseases
  • Evaluate, provide initial care, and consult surgical specialists appropriately for patients with injuries and surgically treated diseases (describe natural history, pathology, and pathophysiology)
  • Exposure to da Vinci robot technology
  • Outline the relevant anatomy and expected outcomes for commonly performed surgical procedures, as well as the indications and risks
  • Discuss principles of preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative evaluation and care
  • Develop independent learning skills

Meet our Faculty







Radiology Oncology

Urology (utilizing da Vinci robot technology)