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Allen O. Whipple Surgical Society

Mission Statement:
To introduce medical students to careers in surgery; to promote student interactions with surgical residents and attending physicians in all surgical subspecialties; and to offer programs that foster an interest in students to pursue a career in surgery. 

The first purpose of the Whipple Surgical Society is to educate students about the lifestyle and career of a surgeon. The Whipple Surgical Society does this by offering courses and lectures meant to teach and inspire students to think about pursuing surgery after medical school.

The second purpose is to provide medical students with opportunities to engage in the practical side of surgery. The Whipple Surgical Society offers shadowing opportunities so students can feel welcomed in the operating room. The Transplant Pager Program also accomplishes this goal by allowing students to participate in organ procurement runs and subsequent transplantations. 

Programs Offered

Whipple Guest Lecture Series

Surgeons from various fields are invited to speak to students about their areas of expertise, research, and their reasons for pursuing their given field. These informal forums encourage students to ask questions and learn more about what it means to be a surgeon and the process of becoming one.

For the latest information on upcoming events please visit the Whipple Lecture Series Event Page

Transplant Procurement Program

The Transplant Procurement Program is a unique and exciting opportunity for first year preclinical students to accompany and scrub in alongside the transplant team. Students are “on call” during their assigned period and, if a deceased organ becomes available, the transplant surgery fellow alerts the student Pager Coordinator, who will page the on-call student. Students then travel with the transplant team, often by air, to assist in the procurement and, if permitted, the transplantation upon return.

Renal Transplantation Shadowing

Students follow patients needing renal transplantation throughout the day of their transplant; meeting the recipient in the morning, accompanying them to the operating room, observing the transplantation procedure, and are encouraged to visit the patient after they wake up. This experience offers students a realistic view of what a day for a transplant surgeon would be like and fosters student-patient interactions.

Please contact Doris Leddy at for more information about this opportunity!

Spend a Day with a Surgeon

Students have the opportunity to shadow a faculty member for the day in the clinic and/or operating room to gain first hand exposure in a specific field. All of the participating surgeons have expressed interest in mentoring preclinical students, thereby maximizing the teaching experience and fostering student-faculty mentoring relationships.

Suturing and Laparoscopic Skills Courses

One of the most exciting aspects of a career in surgery is getting to perform procedures. The Whipple Surgical Society works with surgical residents to teach students basic suturing skills and laparoscopic surgery techniques using simulators.

Etiquette for Grand Rounds:
Please arrive on time and wear your white coats
Do not eat or drink in the auditorium

For any questions or more information please feel free to contact:

Current student leaders at or

Doris Leddy
Founder of Electives for the Whipple Surgical Society
Columbia University
Administrative Surgery Coordinator
Surgery Clerkship Coordinator
Milstein Hospital
177 Ft. Washington Avenue 7-307GN
New York, NY 10032
O: 212-305-9596
F: 212-305-6641

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