Student Surgical Society

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Penn State College of Medicine Student Surgical Society (SSS) is a student-run group that strives to provide medical students who have an interest in surgical specialties with opportunities to obtain more information and experience to assist with their career decisions.

Meet the Officers:

Faculty AdvisorDan A. Galvan, M.D.
Co-President – Emily Southard
Co-President – Evan Leibner
Secretary – Diana Dinh
Treasurer – Andrew Peters

Emergency Medicine Medical Student Externship Program
This program is back for another year since students had a great experience last year. The SSS is trying to get 1st and 2nd year medical students involved in patient care in the Emergency Department. Students sign-up in shifts to "work" in the ED and perform a number of tasks, including patient hygiene, taking vitals signs, collect and label specimens, and a number of other activities. Once students complete specified number of shifts, they can then "graduate" and take on new duties such as foley catheter placement and venipuncture.

MSR Projects
The SSS collaborates each year with the Department of Surgery Faculty to help students find research mentors in complete their required Medical Student Research (MSR) experience. A list of open projects is available through the group.

Twice a semester, the SSS brings you into the operating room – almost. We do this by broadcasting a live surgery from Hershey Medical Center’s OR into one of our lecture halls. Students not only have the opportunity to view live shots of the operation. They are able to ask questions to the surgeons in real time. For the first half of the year, we have schedule a laparoscopic cholecystectomy (removing your gallbladder through a small hole) and a gastric bypass. Dates are still tentative.

The SSS coordinates a number of lunch lectures to educate medical students about different surgical fields. These include a lecture on Trauma Surgery given by Dr. Steve Allen. We are also please to welcome Dr. Walter Pae and his lecture entitled “Surgical Treatment of Heart Failure.” We also have a number of other lunch lectures in the works. Stay tuned.

The SSS is working very hard with the Emergency Medicine Interest Group (EMIG) to provide first and second year students with a number of hands-on simulation labs covering a variety a medical procedures. These include suturing, casting, foley catheter placement, NG tube placement, starting IV’s, drawing blood, airway management, and an ultrasound lab.

The SSS encourages all students who are interested in a career in surgery to become student members of the American College of Surgeons. Becoming a student member of the ACS has a number of benefits, including: 

  • Online access to the Journal of the American College of Surgeons (JACS)
  • The weekly electronic newsletter "ACS NewsScope"
  • Waived registration fee for the annual Clinical Congress
  • Eligibility for enrollment in the College-sponsored insurance programs (health, life, auto, disability, loan payment)
  • BAC credit card
  • Discounted select textbooks purchased at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Access to "Members Only" area of the ACS Web site
  • Representation on selected ACS Committees (Subcommittee on Medical Student Education and Committee on Informatics)
  • Use of the ACS travel agency