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Department of Plastic Surgery Elective Catalog Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery Elective

Plastic/Reconstructive Surgery Elective

Preceptor: Jonathan Bass, M.D.
Course Code: 17-15
Contact: Jenny Castaneda-Nakouzi, plastic surgery elective coordinator
Telephone: 212-263-1059

Prerequisites: 2- week rotation: none. 4-week rotation: Surgery & Medicine Clerkships


The Department of Plastic Surgery offers a comprehensive elective in general plastic surgery. The student is exposed to the entire spectrum of the specialty including craniofacial surgery, microsurgery, hand surgery, trunk and lower extremity reconstruction, breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. Clinical research projects are always available for student participation. Basic science research opportunities are also available in cranial suture biology, wound healing, craniofacial skeletal distraction, microsurgery, craniofacial growth and organogenesis, tissue engineering and vascularized composite allotransplantation (VCA). The student is encouraged to individualize the experience for his/her own academic needs and particular interests. A typical rotation will allow the student to spend 2-3 weeks on the Plastic Surgery Service at NYU Langone Medical Center and 1-2 weeks on the Plastic and Hand Surgery Services at Bellevue Hospital.

Objectives of the Elective

This elective will expose the student, in a very short time, to the full spectrum of Plastic Surgery. The student will learn the comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment options for a variety of acquired and congenital deformities. By the end of the four-week rotation, the student will gain a better understand of the comprehensive problem-solving approach that is at the core of plastic surgery.

Key Responsibilities of the Student while on Elective

  1. The student will be an integral part of the Plastic Surgery team.
  2. The student will make morning rounds with the residents.
  3. The student will scrub and assist in the operating room daily.
  4. The student will assist in the evaluation of emergency room patients.
  5. The student will attend educational conferences.

Didactic Program

Monday: 9:00 AM: Craniofacial Conference/Cleft Lip and Palate Conference

Monday: 9:00 AM: (dates/time varies*)
Facial Paralysis and Microtia Conference*

Wednesday: 6:30 AM Grand Rounds, Monthly Indications Conference

Method of Evaluation

Students are evaluated by the chief resident(s) and Dr. Mihye Choi

Scheduling Information

Months offered: All year
Scheduling: All students are required to make arrangements with Jenny Castaneda at the information provided above.
Students per period: 3
Duration: Two or Four weeks