Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Sites: BWH
Director(s): Erik Alexander, Justin Broyles
Prerequisites: HMS Principal Clinical Experience (Core Clinical Clerkships) or equivalent
Offered: Full time for one month.
Location: MULTI - Multi-site (J)
Open to Exclerks: Yes (may be restricted for international students)
Description: The advanced plastic surgery elective exposes students to a wide array of reconstructive and cosmetic surgical patients and procedures seen in the practices of the 10 attending surgeons at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Areas of focus include head and neck trauma, hand surgery and cosmetic surgery as well as reconstruction of the head and neck, breast, trunk, genitourinary system, and the lower extremity. Students will function as sub-interns assisting the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residents with patient rounds, inpatient evaluation and operative procedures. In addition, students will be exposed to surgical management of wounds and pre- and post-operative care in the outpatient clinic. Students will participate in grand rounds and teaching conferences and will be expected to do a brief presentation at the end of their rotation. Students are not required to be on call.
Incorporation of Basic Science Content and Evidence-Based Medicine:
Basic science content and evidence-based medicine are incorporated in teaching sessions and grand rounds.
Grade Criteria:
Honors with Distinction: A student that has an cognitive background for the breadth of plastic surgery that has exceptional interactions with patients and families and that has excellent technical skills. Honors: A student with a good cognitive background for the breadth of plastic surgery with excellent interactions with patients and families and that has good technical skills. Satisfactory: A student with a reasonable cognitive background for the extent of plastic surgery, with good interactions with patients and families that has satisfactory technical skills. Unsatisfactory: A student that fails to grasp the cognitive background for plastic surgery evaluation and procedures, who interacts poorly with patients or team members, or who has unsatisfactory technical skills.