Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Duration: 4 - 8 weeks

Period offered: All

Distribution of student's time:
25% inpatient care
50% outpatient care
10% clinical rounds
15% conferences/lectures

Enrollment/Period: 1 maximum, upon availability, July - May

Prerequisites: Year IV

Clerkship Objectives:

  • Enhance knowledge and skills pertaining to interviewing, physical examination, or patient interactions, interpretation of data, clinical judgment, and procedures (i.e., suturing techniques, therapy, and advice to patients).
  • Increase student involvement in conferences, journal clubs, etc.
  • Increase student use/review of the medical literature.


  • Quality of care given
  • Participation and performance in conferences
  • Level of knowledge
  • Level of skills

Methods to be used in student evaluation:

  • Observation of performance by faculty and house officers
  • Assessment of write-ups/reports
  • Written/oral tests
  • Other structured skills testing

The student accompanies the residents and staff on inpatient rounds, in the clinic and operating room. The Plastic Surgery Division is set up for maximal involvement of residents and students in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care. For students electing the eight-week rotation, participation in a "mini-research" clinical project is expected. The student also must attend a mandatory Hand Anatomy Dissection Course given by Plastic Surgery senior staff. For two month rotators -- a Micro surgery Course is optional.

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