IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 02SP711 — PLASTIC SURGERY - FT. WAYNE


This rotation engages the fourth year medical student with a community based, seven physician practice covering the full spectrum of reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery. The student will have hands-on experience with traumatic injury management, simple and complex wound care techniques, burn care management, skin cancer diagnosis and management, and cancer reconstruction. There will be opportunity to be exposed to cosmetic surgery decision making and techniques. There is also potential exposure to microsurgery and hand surgery. Surgical cases will be performed in ambulatory surgery and hospital based operating rooms and there will be some inpatient hospital rounding responsibilities. The student will also see patients with the physicians in the office setting, witnessing consultation, pre and post operative care and minor procedures.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu)

Director: Kevin Berning, M.D.

Campus: Fort Wayne

Location: Parkview Hospital (Fort Wayne)

Learning Objectives

  • 1) Perform proficient suturing skills (PC5)
  • 2) Identify and describe wound types (MK1)
  • 3) Apply appropriate treatment regimens whether surgical or non-surgical (MK5)
  • 4) Display mature physician patient interaction skills (P2)
  • 5) Translate patient information accurately in patient charts and oral presentations (ISC5)


  • Clinical Performance Evaluation Form (Observation and oral quizzing by course director and preceptors)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 40-50

Time Distribution: 80% Clinical; 20% Library/Research

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu) THIS ELECTIVE DOES NOT PARTICIPATE IN THE INITIAL SENIOR MATCH All Fort Wayne electives must go thru the Fort Wayne campus coordinators.  For Family Medicine electives contact the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program at 260-422-6573.  All others contact Sharon Roberts (robeshar@iupui.edu or 260-481-0224. or Gina Bailey (gibailey@iupui.edu or 260-481-6731..

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: Yes

Skills Description: We work with anesthesia, nursing, and many other medical specialties in coordinating care of very challenging patients.

Service Learning Included: None