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Fundamentals of Wound Care

Updated: 5/10/21

Completion of  Phase 2 Surgery Core Clerkship is not required.

To provide medical and surgical experience to the treatment of complex non-healing wounds. This is including but not limited to the treatment of wounds of various etiologies such as diabetic, surgical, venous, arterial, and pressure wounds. Also, instruction is provided related specifically to debridement, skin substitutes, biopsies, as well as the use of wound healing modalities and negative pressure wound therapy.

Students will review and understand the fundamental principles of wound healing and the physiologic sequelae of diabetes and malnutrition. Students will also gain knowledge of basic wound care and the management of complex wounds.

Students will participate in all aspects of the wound healing service, including and not limited to the care of inpatient and outpatient wound care problems, skin grafting and other surgical procedures both in an inpatient and outpatient setting, clinic, didactic, and attendance in weekly journal clubs. Number of patients/week: 20-40 inpatients and30-50 outpatients. Minimum of 2 weeks on rotation.


Subjective clinical evaluation by faculty.

Administrative Information Heading link

  • Program Number

    ELEC 218

  • Program Contacts

    Program Director: W. Ennis, DO
    Coordinator:  Beth McLeod
    Telephone: 312-413-7756

    For Scheduling Elective contact:  Tricia Harvat  Email:

  • Program Information

    Location: UI Health

    Duration: 2 weeks
    Night Call: No
    Weekends: 1 weekend
    Students Accepted: Min. 1  Max. 2
    Housestaff Used as Faculty: No
    Lectures/Conferences/Faculty Contact:
    Laboratory/Independent Study: 0 hours
    Outpatient: 20 hours
    Inpatient: 18 hours
    Total Hours/Week: 38

  • Reporting Instructions

    Students should contact the coordinator a week in advance of the rotation to receive the schedule.