Course ID: MED 997AP
Discipline: Surgery
Prerequisites: Year 4 standing
Available Sites: Saginaw
Duration: 2 or 4 weeks


Students will serve for 2 or 4 weeks under the direction of the attending staffs of Plastic Surgery. Ward rounds will be made with the Attending daily and with the visiting staff. The student will scrub on as many patients as possible. The student will also attend Plastic Surgery Clinics and participate in the Plastic Surgery teaching conferences.

Key Objectives

  • Students should be able to conduct a basic history and physical exam and recognize important physical signs, including in face and upper extremity injuries. 
  • Students should be able to write postā€operative orders and brief operative notes. 
  • Students should be able to describe basic wound healing. 
  • Students should be competent in closure of cutaneous wounds. 
  • Describe the diagnosis and treatment of congenital craniofacial anomalies including clefts. 
  • Describe the appearance and current management of skin cancers.
  • Describe the physiology of flaps and grafts.
  • Recall the pharmacology of local anesthetics.
  • Gain familiarity with reconstructive options in patients with breast, head/neck cancer, and other complex wounds.

Assessment Method

College of Medicine standard elective assessment will be completed by supervising faculty at conclusion of elective clerkship.

Scheduling Information

Interested students should contact CMU College of Medicine Department of Distributed Clinical Education at