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Whipple Surgical Society The Allen O. Whipple Surgical Society serves as the official surgery interest group for medical students at the College of Physicians and Surgeons. Reestablished in 2003 with the generous support of the Department of Surgery, the Society is dedicated to providing all medical students with opportunities early in their training to explore surgery as a practice and as a career. Together with the Department, the Society helps to organize workshops, speaker events, operating room experiences, and other creative activities to enable students to learn more about surgery. The Society also helps connect P&S medical students with the alumni association of the Columbia University Department of Surgery, the John Jones Surgical Society.

Students interested in participating in a Whipple Surgical Society activity can find information on available programs and tools to sign up on this website. Students interested in creating and leading new activities are encouraged to contact the Society. We are always looking for new ideas and new leaders.

The Society is named for Allen Oldfather Whipple, M.D., P&S Class of 1908. Dr. Whipple served as director of the surgery service at Columbia from 1921-1946, and as Columbia. s first Valentine Mott Chair of Surgery from 1931-1946. A brief biography of Dr. Whipple is available here. View a video of the Whipple Procedure here.


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