Plastic, Reconstructive and Cosmetic Surgery - UICMC

PREREQUISITES AND PLACEMENT IN THE CURRICULUM: Students must have successfully completed all M3 Core Clerkships.
PURPOSE: Objectives of this program: include a broad exposure to the various aspects of plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgery, including basic wound care, repair of major wounds of the trunk, extremities, face and head; aspects of aesthetic surgery and breast reconstruction; introduction to maxillofacial trauma and craniofacial surgery (including cleft lip and palate); head and neck cancer and reconstruction; familiarization with basic techniques such as wound closure, Z-plasty, skin grafts and soft tissue flaps; in general, brief overview of the scope of this specialty and the developing of self-confidence in certain basic principles and techniques.
COMPETENCIES:  At the end of  the four-week subspecialty, each student shall be able to provide the following patient care for at least 5 patients per week:

- Take a history, physical exam, organize a surgical patient's problem list and summarize these problems in a concise oral presentation;
- Develop efficient plan of diagnostic tests to elucidate common problems;
- Describe surgical procedure to treat or correct problem;
- Formulate diagnosis for common surgical problem;
- Describe techniques involved in performing common procedures.
INSTRUCTIONAL FEATURES: Instructional methods will include one-on-one teaching between student and house staff, and student and faculty member, seminar or symposium format, participation in clinics, ward rounds and operating room experience; furthermore, student activities will include requirement to research and report on at least one topic mutually agreed upon by student and faculty to be presented to the plastic surgery staff just prior to completion of the rotation. Student will have the opportunity to participate in general plastic surgery clinics and the Craniofacial Center during this rotation. Approximate number of patients to which the student will be exposed at U of I: 75-90 per week in the outpatient clinics, 15-20 operative procedures per week and from 4-10 inpatients per week. Students will also participate in all education activities of the division including lectures, Journal Club and M & M.
ASSESSMENT: Student performance is closely monitored by resident and attending staff. Final evaluation is based on student’s personal performance, interest in the rotation, basic knowledge, participation in patient care in clinics, wards, OR and preparation of presentations.
Program Number: ELEC 679
Location: UICMC
Program Director: M. Cohen, MD
Coordinator: Erin McGinn  Email:
Telephone: 312-996-9313
To Schedule Elective contact:  Tricia Harvat   Email:
Duration: 4 weeks
Night Call: No
Weekends: Yes (Rounds only)
Students Accepted: Min. 1 Max. 2
Housestaff Used as Faculty: Yes
Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact: 10
Laboratory/Independent Study: 2-4
Outpatient: 10
Inpatient: 25
Total Hours/Week: 50
Reporting Instructions:
One week before the start of your rotation, please call Erin McGinn at 312.996.9313. She will provide the name and page number of the current chief resident who will give reporting instructions for the day that you begin your rotation.
KEY WORDS: Plastic, reconstructive, cosmetic surgery

Update:  9/8/14