Colorectal Surgical Oncology (S-129C)


As a teaching hospital of Weill Cornell Medical College, Weill Cornell medical students receive priority enrollment for this course up to 30 days prior to a proposed start date.  Scheduling of visiting students for this elective will occur 30 days prior to a proposed start.

Students will rotate on the Colorectal Service, where they will contribute to and learn from the care of patients. They will scrub in to the operating room, attend outpatient clinic, and participate in daily rounds and conferences. Course objectives include: comprehension of the principles of diagnosis and curative surgical treatment of patients with neoplastic disease, understanding of evolving multidisciplinary treatment and principles for palliation of patients with cancer, and an exploration of the biology and natural history of neoplasia. Students who are so inclined will have an opportunity to undertake a clinical project.

Prerequisites Other than Third Year Rotations



One module

Students per Module

Maximum of one

Elective dates (students applying through VSAS should refer to calendar information there)

B (August 1 - August 26) (Closed to international students)
C (August 29 – September 23 (Closed to international students)
D (September 26 - October 21)
E (October 24 - November 18)
F (November 21 - December 16)
G (January 3 - January 27)
H (January 30 - February 24)
I (February 27 - March 24) (Closed to international students)
J (April 3 - April 28)
K (May 1 - May 26)
L (May 29 - June 23) (Students must receive permission to apply from the Medical Student Coordinator prior to submitting an application)