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Plastic Surgery Subinternship

The Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery offers a comprehensive elective subinternship in plastic surgery to fourth-year medical students from NYU Grossman School of Medicine and other medical schools in the United States.

As a student, you gain exposure to the entire spectrum of the specialty under the leadership of Mihye Choi, MD, subinternship director. Areas of study include the following:

  • craniofacial surgery
  • cleft lip and palate surgery
  • microsurgery in trauma
  • postcancer ablation reconstruction
  • hand surgery
  • maxillofacial trauma surgery
  • trunk and lower extremity reconstruction
  • breast reconstruction
  • aesthetic surgery

Rotation Experience

Our elective subinternship in plastic surgery includes a rotation split between the hand and plastic surgery services. You spend two weeks on the plastic surgery service at NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion, and two weeks on the hand and plastic surgery services at NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue. By dividing your time between these two facilities, you experience the full breadth of training our department offers and the diversity of the patient populations we serve.

During this time, you become an integral member of the clinical services team and have floor and clinic responsibilities. In the operating room, you gain extensive exposure to fundamental principles of plastic surgery and improve your operative technique and surgical skills. In addition, you acquire a better understanding of the problem-solving and team-oriented approach that is at the core of our mission.

We expect you to be familiar with all patients on service and to develop detailed knowledge of the patients to whom you provide care. We also require you to be prompt and to participate in all team clinical activities, including rounding and outpatient clinics.

Although you are supervised by house staff and faculty during the rotation, we grant you increasing levels of responsibility throughout the subinternship, which is an invaluable learning experience.

Didactic Program

Our didactic program includes weekly grand rounds, craniofacial and hand conferences, an indications conference at Bellevue, and plastic surgery case reviews. Monthly conferences address the following topics in plastic surgery:

  • cleft lip and palate
  • ear, nose, and throat; airway
  • facial paralysis
  • head and neck
  • microtia
  • nerve and hand
  • ophthalmic structures
  • peripheral nerves

In addition to acquiring a solid foundation of knowledge in plastic surgery, you are expected to understand the current literature, surgical anatomy, pathophysiology, and anatomic approaches relevant to all cases.

Research Opportunities

If you are interested, clinical research opportunities in all areas of plastic surgery are available with most of the faculty during and after your rotation with us.

Evaluation Process

Our chief residents and selected faculty members, with whom you interact during the subinternship, evaluate you using the format of the standardized plastic surgery letter of recommendation, which is provided to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) at your request.

Although great importance is placed on your interaction with faculty members, much of your time in the subinternship program is spent with the chief residents, residents, and other team members because of your extensive integration into the team dynamic.

Additionally, you are welcome to ask for letters of recommendation from faculty with whom you have worked during the rotation. The grade you receive for your subinternship is provided to your school, whether it is NYU Grossman School of Medicine or another medical school.

We value this experience as an opportunity to evaluate potential plastic surgery residency candidates and for them to learn more about us. The subinternship is an important part of the residency application and interview process. In addition to your performance during the subinternship rotation, your “fit” with our program and culture is an important factor when we consider interview invitations. Although many subinterns who apply to our program are invited for an interview, completing a subinternship does not guarantee one.

Scheduling Your Subinternship

For students applying into this year’s match, subinternship spots are typically from July to November. Applications are accepted from February 1 to April 15. We encourage students to apply early to ensure the greatest flexibility with scheduling. All NYU Grossman School of Medicine students and outside medical students should consult NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Office of Registration and Student Records for additional departmental requirements. Additional subinternship spots can be arranged year-round, schedule permitting. Please email with these inquires.

Housing for Visiting Subinterns

One of NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s many strengths is its location in the heart of Manhattan. We realize that this can pose a significant challenge to visiting students with respect to travel, living expenses, and housing. Many visiting subinterns have chosen to stay with friends or family who live in the area. Alternatively, various subletting options are available through the school and other providers. Contact NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Housing Services Office for more information.

Application Requirements

Applicants for our subinternship in plastic surgery should be medical students in their final year of school who are entering the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), also called The Match, for a plastic surgery residency position.

If you are not planning to enter the upcoming residency match, you may still apply; if that is the case, you are encouraged to apply for rotation blocks taking place from December to April.

Typical subinterns have a strong academic performance history, have shown a commitment to the field of plastic surgery, and are competitive candidates for our plastic surgery residency program.

Application Process

To apply for our plastic surgery subinternship, email the following information to the program at

  • a current CV, along with United States Medical Licensing Examination
  • (USMLE) test scores
  • a one-page personal statement
  • your choice of three rotation calendar blocks, in order of preference
  • when or if you will be entering the NRMP for plastic and reconstructive surgery

You may also explain why you are interested in our program in your one-page personal statement.

Please consult NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s registrar office to obtain the available dates of the plastic surgery subinternships. After we review your application, we will contact you regarding scheduling of the elective, along with any additional required paperwork.

For more information, please see the plastic surgery rotation description in our elective catalog.

Contact Us

You may direct questions about submitting your application to Jenny Castaneda-Nakouzi, plastic surgery elective coordinator, at 212-263-1059 or email