SCRUBS is a student group comprised of current M1 and M2 students who have an interest in surgery residency. For the 2015-2016 school year, SCRUBS leadership consists of two current M2s, Alyssa Mazurek and Chuck Hwang. They both have worked hard to create a year that is full of opportunities for students to gain valuable exposure and clinical experience in surgery.    


Surgery Lunch Talks

A series of eight lunch talks will be held on a monthly basis throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. This year’s lineup includes faculty members from Plastic Surgery, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, Urology, Transplant surgery, Vascular Surgery, Neurosurgery, and Pediatric Surgery. During each talk, students will learn what it takes to be a surgeon in that field. They will hear about the typical day in the life of a surgeon, what the job entails, why/how they chose that field, as well as view video segments of an operation common to that field.

SCRUBS suturing JR Montgomery
House Officer JR Montgomery practices suturing skills with SCRUBS members in the Clinical Simulation Center


Orringer Dinners

Dr. Mark Orringer, Cameron Haight Collegiate Professor and a Professor of Surgery in the Section of Thoracic Surgery, has historically hosted dinners in his home for the SCRUBS members to attend.  While Dr. Orringer is no longer pesonally hosting these dinners, the tradition continues.  We are excited to offer six dinners in throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. A different faculty surgeon will host each dinner in his/her home, which allows students to learn about their career path, their surgical specialty and how they maintain work-life balance. After each speaker’s presentation, the hosting faculty will lead a surgical skills session where students can learn how to tie the various knots that they will be using on the M3 surgery clerkship. 


Surgery Olympics

There will be 7 clinical simulation clinics held in the Clinical Simulation Center throughout the 2015-2016 academic year. The purpose of the Surgery Olympics is to build surgical/clinical skills, teamwork, and professional collaboration among 1st and 2nd year medical students. Dr. Oliver Varban, Assistant Professor in the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Section of General Surgery, created the curriculum to include an educational and fun competition that has participants on their toes, competing head to head with fellow classmates. 

Students are introduced to the various surgical skills by educational videos created by Dr. Varban which demonstrate the skills for the following sessions: intubation, central line placement, nasogastric tube placement, foley catheter placement, suturing/knot tying, laparoscopy, peg board and laparoscopic suturing. For the last session, which will take place in February 2016, students will compete against each other in teams and will be scored for both team as well as individual performances. Prizes will be awarded for speed and for overall quality of surgical skills.  

Dr. Oliver Varban teaches laparoscopic skills to SCRUBS members in the Clinical Simulation Center

Check out Dr. Varban's amazing video compilation of the events from previous years: 


Introduction to the Operating Room

Two Introduction to the Operating Room sessions will be held at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters in the OR. Dr. Michael Englesbe and Dr. Rishindra Reddy will show students how the OR is set up, the personnel involved, and common mistakes made while shadowing. This provides students with the preparation they need before shadowing surgeons in the real OR. 


A mixer is typically held in the fall. The purpose of the mixer is for all students interested in surgery to meet and mingle. This is a great opportunity for new students to get advice from M3 and M4 classmates and for all students to begin building relationships that will last a lifetime. There might be a guest appearance from one of the University of Michigan’s leading surgeons, so stay tuned!

Contact Jessa MillerNeal Al-AttarGabrielle Shaughness or Owen Brown for more information.