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Electives - Plastic Surgery


ACE - A. I. in Plastic Surgery

Elective Number: 2604

Rotation Supervisors: Dr. Kant Lin

Designated Signer: Freda McClung; 924-1234, fm3s@virginia.edu

Duration: Maximum 4 weeks, Minimum 2 weeks

Available: Rotations 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14 (Class fo 2016); ALL Rotations 1-14 (Class of 2017)

A pager is required for this rotation but is not supplied by the department

Report to: Amanda Lawhorne

Time to Report: 8:00 am

Place to Report: 4th floor Multistory first day & then directed by Dr. Lin - call 924-2528 to determine

Typical day: 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

Attendance: A student may not take time off during an ACE.

Attendance at elective activities is mandatory.

  • Anyone who is ill or has a personal or family emergency must contact Student Affairs and the Attending on Service.
  • Students are allowed to take off up to 1 day per week to interview between November 1 and February 1.
    • Specific days missed must be approved by the Attending on Service.

Number of students per rotation: 1

Course Description: Goal: To become involved in a busy plastic surgery service with additional exposure to pediatric plastic surgery. The student is expected to learn how to analyze and solve problems commonly encountered by plastic surgeons. Diagnostic and surgical technical skills will be emphasized. This is a "hands-on" elective. Students will do a presentation on a research or clinical topic. There will be night and weekend call and weekend rounds.


  1. Learn about the diagnosis, anatomy, embryology and treatment of a variety of congenital anomalies of the head and neck region, most commonly, cleft lip, cleft palate, hemifacial microsomia, microtia, craniosynostosis and craniofacial dysotosis syndromes.
  2. Participate in the team management of these complex entities in conjunction with speech therapy, orthodontics, ophthalmology, ENT, neuroradiology and neurosurgery.
  3. Participate in surgical procedures for the reconstruction of cleft lip, cleft palate, cleft lip nasal deformity, craniosynostosis, and microtia reconstruction.
  4. Learn about the diagnosis and treatment of both soft tissue and skeletal trauma of the head and neck region, specifically with orbit, nasal, maxillary, zygomatic and mandibular fractures and associated injuries.
  5. Participate in surgical procedures for the reconstruction of facial soft tissue traumatic injuries and facial fractures, including closed and open reduction techniques, intermaxiillary fixation, rigid plate fixation, splint fabrication, bone grafting, management of soft tissue injuries and scar revisions.
  6. Participate in surgical procedures for reconstruction of the breast following mastectomy for breast cancer.
  7. Participate in common plastic surgery procedures including aesthetic surgery, flaps and skin grafts.


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