IU School of Medicine

Elective Title: 93SP710 — PLASTIC SURGERY


This course is designed for the student interested in a career in plastic surgery. This elective offers clinical experience in plastic surgery comparable to that of a PGY-1 resident. The senior clerk is an integral part of the plastic surgery service and participates in all activities of the service. These activities include attendance at conferences, ward rounds, and operative procedures. Techniques in wound care are taught and the student under supervision performs representative procedures. Objectives of the course include imparting to the student an understanding of wound healing, the management of injured tissues, the early treatment of burns, an understanding of the hand, head and neck and principles and practice of tissue transfer. The student will, with the assistance of a mentor, develop a specific topic into both a presentation for plastic surgery rounds and strive for the goal of a manuscript suitable for publication.

Elective Details:

Primary Contact for Add/Drops: Rhonda Gerding (rgerding@iupui.edu)

Director: William A. Wooden, M.D.

Campus: Indianapolis

Location: IU Health University Hospital, IU Health Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital

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; (Observations)

Enrollment Information

Prerequisites: 4th year status

Availability with Max Students per Month:


Duty Hours: 60

Time Distribution: 95% Clinical; 5% Lecture

Elective Type Category: CP - Clinical Practice

Notes and Enrollment Information:

Add/Drop Contact Person: Rhonda Gerding (rgerding@iupui.edu) All on-campus surgery electives will be handled through the match. Post-match results, all additions and drops for surgery electives must be approved through Megan Rendina, Surgery Clerkship Coordinator at 274-7201 or mrendina@iupui.edu.

Third Year Elective? No

Interprofessional Skills and Service Learning

Interprofessional Collaborative Skills: None

Service Learning Included: None