The Unit was established when Mayo Hospital was built in 1871. This unit has been headed by famous surgeons. Now this unit is run by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Khawaja Azeem. The unit has two Out Patient Department days in a week which is attended by the consultants, where on an average 150 patients are examined per day. The fourth and final year students attend the OPD as part of their clinical skill enhancing, training programs and are instructed on the patients. There are two full elective list per week which have on an average 20 to 25 cases. These operated upon by senior surgeons and trainees under direct supervision. The final year students attend the operating sessions and are demonstrated the operative techniques.
The unit is on call in Accident and Emergency Department on a 4 to 1 Rota basis. Each call day we receive an average of 250 patients of which 30 patients undergo surgery under anesthesia. The student of third, fourth and final year MBBS are taught in the weekly lectures. These students attend the wards where they are instructed in the art of history taking and physical examination. The unit has an average of 12 house officers per rotations who are trained in basic and advanced life support, trauma care and emergency management and in pre and post operative care of surgical patient. There are twelve postgraduate students pursuing FCPS, MRCS and MS degrees. These students are trained on ward rounds, clinicopathological conferences, morbidity and mortality conferences journal club meetings alongwith the routine working of the ward. They are also supervised while performing minor and intermediate surgical procedures.