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Surgery, Plastic (Minnesota)


The clerkship student functions as a subintern on one of the plastic surgery teams on the campus of Mayo Clinic Hospital — Rochester. As a member of the team, students evaluate patients in the outpatient clinic, participate in hospital rounds, scrub for surgical procedures and participate in calls with the plastic surgery residents.

Specific goals

  1. Achieve a basic level of understanding of plastic surgery disease processes, procedures, and pre- and post-operative care
  2. Gain a basic level of training in suturing techniques and in sterile procedures around the operating room
  3. Improve knowledge base as it pertains to plastic, reconstructive and hand surgery
  4. Become familiar with the scope of plastic surgery

Activity outline

During the rotation, students will

  • See patient pre-operatively in clinic with their consultant and team.
  • Attend rounds with their team.
  • Be engaged in surgical procedures and have the opportunity to participate as assistants in the operating room.
  • Perform basic procedures such as suturing.
  • Follow patients post-operatively to see outcomes and learn to manage complications.
  • Shadow residents on a call shift.
  • Participate in conferences with the residents along with cadaver labs and visiting professor lectures.

Spend a day in the microvascular skills lab learning the basics of microsurgery, including microvascular anastomosis.

Method of evaluation

Each student rotates with two services. The staff consultant and resident for each rotation evaluate the student.