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Catalog 2022-2023 
Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

SELECT SATTR - Passport Transition to Residency

Director(s): Dr. Karina Sulaiman Selective Coordinator: Ms. Elizabeth Young

Specialty Specific Directors and Coordinators


 Medicine: Dr. Shahzeem Bhayani/ Lisa Locke

 OBGYN: Dr. Caitlin Busada/ Delores Brown

 Pediatrics: Dr. Habib & Dr. Love / Brenda Kolniak

 Surgery: Dr. Amos Sit / Debbie Thornhill
Duration: 4 Weeks
Location: Clinical Skills Center/LSU Health Sciences Center
Maximum Number of Students: 37
Selective Available During Blocks: 7 - 10
Course Code: SATTR
NOTE: Additional course information, syllabi, and schedules can be found on the course Moodle page.
4 Credits

***The block in which specific specialty tracks are offered will vary.  


This course is designed to prepare senior medical students for internship by developing their clinical knowledge, skillset and communication skills to function effectively in their new roles. This course consists of two weeks of shared curriculum and two weeks of specialty specific curriculum.  The shared curriculum focuses on knowledge and skills common to all specialties and is supplemented with specialty specific instruction designed to ensure students excel as they transition into their respective residencies.  This course facilitates student learning with online curricula and small group sessions of simulated clinical experiences, such as standardized patient encounters, high-fidelity manikin scenarios, and procedural task trainers.

The purpose of this elective is to:

  • Ensure fourth year medical students make a seamless transition to residency by refining their knowledge base and communication skills while also reinforcing essential clinical competencies enabling them to perform at a high level as they transition into their intern year.

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify and apply specific skills necessary for successful transition to residency, including:

  • Recognize, evaluate and manage common emergency situations
  • Recognize indications for and learn how to perform common clinical procedures.  
  • Recognize a patient requiring emergent care and demonstrate how to initiate a code response.  
  • Order, interpret, and provide rationale for requesting common labs and tests.
  • Communicate effectively and compassionately with patients and families in order to form and sustain effective medical care
  • Gain specialty specific knowledge and clinical skills that will advance their performance in residency

Specific Features:
Specialty Specific Objectives:



Demonstrate patient centered interview skills.

Provide and oral presentation of a clinical encounter. 

Identify and treat urgent and emergent conditions semi independently and appropriately escalate care. 

Provide verbal handoff conveying illness severity, situational awareness and create action plan for including contingencies.

Learn to work as an effective member of a clinical care team.



Establish the fundamentals of basic patient care through a series of didactics and skills labs.

Engage in interactive case-based learning scenarios for Ob Hypertensive/Pre-Eclampsia management and Post-partum hemorrhage

Participate in simulations for vaginal delivery, shoulder dystocia, operative laparoscopy, hysteroscopy, amniotomy, IUPC/FSE placement, and endometrial biopsy

Practice suturing and knot tying skills

Engage with residents/faculty to develop skills for proper documentation and basic Internship training



Establish the fundamentals of basic pediatric patient care through a series of didactics and skills labs.

Certification in Basic Life Support, Pediatric Advanced Life Support, and Neonatal Resuscitation     Program.

Understand and demonstrate the principle of professionalism.

Develop skills for proper documentation and efficient and effective transfer of care to minimize loss of information.



Establish the fundamentals of basic perioperative care of the surgical patient through a series of didactics and skills labs.

Demonstrate proficiency in performing bedside procedures and minor procedures in the operating room and at bedside.

Understand and demonstrate the principle of professionalism

Demonstrate interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange with patients, families and professional health care staff

Develop effective strategies for practice based learning and improvement, utilize and analyze scientific literature for evidence-based practice.

Understand the role of risk management, medical legal, ethics, and system based practice

Offered: 7-10