Department of Plastic Surgery

For Medical Students

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (SUR825)

Meets requirements for medical student clinical clerkship.

Course Director

R. Michael Johnson, M.D., M.P.H., FACS
Chair Department Of Plastic Surgery; Program Director Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency BSOM

Course Description

The student will act as an extern, involved in the preoperative evaluation, intraoperative care and postoperative follow-up of patients as part of the plastic surgery team. Inpatient plastic surgery team includes plastic surgery residents, off-service surgical residents, and rotating family medicine residents. The student may be asked to participate in evaluation and care of patients in urgent and emergent situations. Students will have the opportunity to further develop surgical skills in the OR working alongside residents and faculty. Attendance at weekly plastic surgery educational conferences and clinic is expected. Additional opportunities to work in private offices and outpatient surgery centers are available for students on 4 week rotations.

Time & Location

August-May 2 and 4 week rotations in Miami Valley Hospital, Miami Valley Hospital South, and Kettering Health Network Main Campus. Private offices and surgical centers include Advanced Plastic and Hand Surgery as well as Plastic Surgery Institute of Dayton. Lead time to Drop or Add elective is one month.


Completion of preclinical coursework and general surgery clinical clerkship.

Content Categories

After completing the plastic surgery rotation, the student will be able to evaluate and care for patients requiring general plastic surgery, breast reconstruction, hand surgery, and microsurgery. The student will be capable of properly suturing lacerations and managing complicated wound care as well as evaluating and treating burn patients.

Learning Methods

The student will learn from direct supervised patient care and discussion of relevant cases with the attending physicians. Research participation is encouraged. Participation in plastic surgery educational conference is suggested


Evaluation is based on the student's initiative, overall clinical performance and demonstrated knowledge. Grade: Pass/Fail.

Fourth Year Elective

A fourth year elective can be arranged for Boonshoft School of Medicine students. See the MS-IV required SUR 850 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Course for a general description of expectations or the current Biennium II Electives Catalog (PDF) for specifics.

Last edited on 11/14/2023.