Welcome to the Division of Plastic Surgery at the UC San Diego School of Medicine. We have multiple learning opportunities for medical students that are designed to help medical students explore the field of plastic surgery and get to know the faculty and residents in the division. As we navigate how the current pandemic changes the healthcare field, we have tried to give special attention to the needs of fourth year medical students who are embarking on the important decision regarding where to pursue residency training. Though in-person rotations are not possible right now, we have created a virtual sub-internship program to help give medical students a sense of what it is like to be a resident in the UC San Diego Residency Program. You can read more about our virtual experience in addition to our other courses by scrolling down.
Our various courses provide an introductory exposure to plastic and reconstructive surgery for medical students. You will learn how principles of plastic surgery are applied to treating the whole patient. You will discover how plastic surgeons often function as a “last resort” surgical consult to physicians in primary care and many other non-invasive and procedural specialties. Students will learn concepts that can be universally applied to different clinical problems such as wound management. Additionally, medical students will gain insight on how plastic surgeons become the facilitator for a multidisciplinary team of caregivers during complex procedures.
Didactic sessions have been established to acquaint you with research on multiple facets of plastic and reconstructive surgery treatment. Depending on which year on medical school you are in, your participation in patient care provides a basis for integrating knowledge of the basic of plastic surgery, disease pathophysiology, and clinical practices. You will be exposed to both in-patient and out-patient practices. Finally, your experiences in the operating room will facilitate an understanding of the basic plastic surgery techniques and etiquette.
Our courses are designed to offer a sampling of the plastic surgery offerings available through the UC San Diego Medical School, including congenital and trauma craniofacial repair, microsurgery, hand surgery, peripheral nerve repair, burn, limb salvage, wound repair, and many more. Based on the course you are in, you will rotate through various institutions affiliated with the UC San Diego Medical School.
We look forward to working with you.
Chris Reid, MD
Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery
Director of Medical Student Plastic Surgery Education
Plastic Surgery Medical Student Education Coordinator:
Daniela de Souza
The goals for the virtual surgical sub-internship are focused on student preparation for residency and remain relatively the same as those outlined by the core competencies for in-person rotations. The components of the curriculum include a self-study syllabus, virtual case reviews, virtual suture lab, educational teleconferences, weekly research meetings, participation in research, and mentorship meetings. The 2-week course has approximately 25 hours of conferences and teaching, involving direct interaction with residents and faculty, and approximately 15 hours of self-directed learning. This sub-internship is unique in that the accepted sub-interns per rotation is 2-3 students. The sub-interns in this program receive more time with faculty and residents in comparison to most models that have been implemented.
SURG 445: Plastic Surgery Sub-Internship
Surg 445 is a four-week rotation designed for fourth-year students interested in pursuing a plastic surgery residency, particularly at UC San Diego Division of Plastic Surgery. The students are fully immersed in the didactic, research and surgical schedules in the division. Students are expected to attend plastic surgery grand rounds and resident didactic sessions, as well as weekly research team meetings.
SURG 413: Plastic Surgery Selective
Surg 413 is a two-week course designed for third-year students interested in exploring plastic surgery as a career choice. The students will spend the two weeks at Hillcrest Medical Center and La Jolla Medical Center participating in both the operating room as well as peri-operative patient care. Students are expected to attend plastic surgery grand rounds and resident didactic sessions. Weekly didactic will focus on the basic tenets of plastic surgery.
SURG 401A: Plastic Surgery Specialty
Surg 401A is a four-week course embedded within the third year core general surgery rotation. The course is designed to broaden the student's surgical exposure in terms of surgical sub-specialties. The students will spend the four weeks at Hillcrest Medical Center as an integrated member of the plastic surgery team. Students are expected to attend plastic surgery grand rounds and resident didactic sessions. Weekly didactic will focus on the basic tenets of plastic surgery.