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DEPARTMENT OF SURGERY
PLASTIC SURGERY CLERKSHIP

MAXIMUM NUMBER OF STUDENTS ROTATING ON SERVICE AT ONCE.  Two (2).

LENGTH OF ROTATIONS.  Two (2) to six (6) weeks.

WILL TAKE STUDENTS FOR TWO WEEKS ONLY?  Yes.

LEVEL OF STUDENTS ACCEPTED  Fourth year.

TIME OF YEAR OFFERRED.  Flexible start dates throughout the year.

PRIOR APPROVAL (FROM DEPARTMENT REQUIRED) AND ELIGIBILITY.

  • Yes.
  • Offered primarily to medical students with an Army obligation (HPSP and USUHS).
  • Students from other uniformed services and civilian students from mainland schools are welcome on a space-available basis from November to May (excluding December).
  • All students (except USUHS and University of Hawai'i) will apply for a clerkship utilizing the form entitled “Request for Approval of Clinical Clerkship Training.”
  • USUHS fourth year students will apply using USUHS Form No. 1304 for clerkship request.
  • The TAMC Student Coordinator will obtain permission from the appropriate rotation official upon receipt of the application and will then inform the student of approval/disapproval via e-mail.

OBJECTIVES/DESCRIPTION OF CLERKSHIP.

  • The medical student should have an interest in pursuing a surgical career.
    • The Plastic Surgery Service at TAMC does not offer resident or fellowship training programs but does have a busy clinic service.
    • The rotating student can expect ample exposure to all areas of plastic surgery to include post-traumatic and post-oncology reconstructive surgery, correction of congenital anomalies, cosmetic surgery, and non-cosmetic elective surgical procedures.
  • During the rotation with the Plastic Surgery Service, the student can expect one-on-one interaction with staff plastic surgeons.
    • All patient care matters are discussed with a staff surgeon, making the opportunity for informal teaching quite abundant.
    • The medical student will be expected to accompany the staff surgeon on ward rounds, in the clinic, and in the operating room.
    • Additionally, the medical student may be required to participate in on-call activities with the plastic surgery resident rotator and/or staff plastic surgeon.
  • In the operating room, the student could expect to have ample opportunity to participate in suturing. The student can expect specific teaching with regards to tissue handling techniques as well as suturing techniques.

FREQUENCY OF CALL.  Call frequency is variable.

REQUIRED READINGS.

  • A variety of textbooks and journals are available to borrow during the rotation.
  • Grabb and Smith’s Plastic Surgery text is an excellent source to obtain a broad overview of the specialty.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS.

  • The student will participate in clinic and in the operating room.
  • The student will give one presentation on a selected topic.

HOW ARE STUDENTS EVALUATED?  A written evaluation will be done on each student at the conclusion of the rotation.


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