Surgery, Plastic (Minnesota)
Students are assigned to one of nine plastic surgery services at either Saint Marys or Rochester Methodist hospital. They become an integral part of that service, acting as a subintern in the clinic, on clinical ward rounds and in the operating room.
- Receive basic training in suturing techniques and in sterile procedures around the operating room.
- Learn basic principles of wound healing and the management of wounds involving skin and subcutaneous tissue.
- Become familiar with the basics of skin grafting, burn care and reconstructive surgery, including head and neck, breasts, trunk and extremity.
Students meet at 6:30 a.m. to begin rounds with residents on the service, and then rounds are made with the attending staff consultant at approximately 7:30 a.m. Following ward rounds, there is usually a small discussion with the team. Clinic hours occur between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. There are no night call duties for clerks.
Students' assistance in surgery primarily involves excision of small lesions about the trunk and face, with instruction in techniques of skin suturing.
Students must attend three conferences a week: one on Wednesday morning, a Friday hand conference and one on Friday afternoon. No papers or presentations are required, although these can be arranged if students so desire.
Method of evaluation
The chief resident associate and the staff consultant grade students on promptness, interest and input in team activity. Honors are available.