Evaluation of Student Performance:
- We only provide UCLA evaluations for visiting students.
- Upon request, Karolina Smolinska will provide you with a copy of your student performance evaluation, which may be sent directly to your home school after the completion of the elective.
- All visiting students will be required to complete a brief evaluation of elective clerkships and sub-internships and on teaching faculty. Students will receive an e-mail with evaluation instructions and links to the computerized UCLA evaluation system which protects student anonymity.
You will be evaluated by a member of the faculty and by the Plastic Surgery Chief Resident.
A. Evaluation of patients
The plastic surgery patient often has a very focused problem. You will be exposed to evaluation and management of such problems. The H&P should be aimed at focusing on the specific problem and salient concerns related to the problem as the primary goal of the evaluation.
Plastic surgery patients often have multiple medical problems that will need to be addressed as well. These should be incorporated as part of your evaluation. Many of the new patients that you see will have either undergone surgery or will require surgery. Thus, a comprehensive H&P is still required.
You will also begin to develop skills succinct oral presentation skills (i.e the pertinent points of the H&P) to the residents and attending faculty on inpatient wards and in the outpatient clinic setting.
B. Diagnostic Aspects of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
By the end of the rotation, you should be familiar with a variety of diagnostic modalities in the field of plastic surgery, and be aware of their indications, limitations, risks and alternatives. These include CT scan, MRI, and biopsy/ pathology evaluation of the presenting problem.
C. Surgical Treatment
You will have operative exposure to inpatient and outpatient plastic and reconstructive surgery, and should become familiar with the preoperative evaluation of these patients, as well as the basic instrumentation utilized for various procedures. You should gain knowledge of the potential risks of the surgery that you are observing, as well as the postoperative care and follow-up that will be required.
You are encouraged to check the schedule regularly and should plan to attend all conferences and lectures that are scheduled during your elective. Dress code for the dinner conference is business casual.