Department of Plastic Surgery

(909) 558-5500

Junior student plastic surgery rotation

Welcome! We are glad to have you on the plastic surgery rotation. Your rotation will last for two weeks. You will be exposed to a broad variety of patients undergoing plastic and reconstructive surgery. You will learn from attendings who are active in all phases of reconstructive surgery from: cosmetic, hand, cancer reconstruction, and the repair of congenital deformities.

We have arranged the rotation so that you will gain exposure to several of the current full-time faculty members in the plastic surgery division. Feel free to ask questions about the particular procedures you witness. We are here to introduce you to our exciting specialty.


Some of your experiences will be in the operating room and others will be in the ambulatory care setting. You are required to attend the plastic surgery conferences on Wednesday mornings and Thursday evenings. Be sure to sign in at conferences. In addition, there is some didactic material, which you are required to review while on the service. This material will be given to you by our advanced practice nurse, Sharon Fritzsche, or by one of the residents at the Monday morning orientation. This will include a handbook entitled: "Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Essentials for Students." Be sure to read it through. It will help you with the take-home quiz.

You will be given two books entitled Clinical Symposia "Surgical Anatomy of the Hand" and "The Hand Examination and Diagnosis." These books are on loan to you during your week on the plastic surgery rotation. They must be turned in on Thursday/Friday to Tanora Burnett (email:, (909) 558-4000, extension 88085) in the plastic surgery office in the Coleman Pavilion, Suite 21126. If you should lose the books you are responsible to replace them.

Check with the chief resident on Friday for further instructions or dismissal. At the week's end, your grade will be partially determined by your attendance. If you get lost along the way or must miss a day due to illness or other reasons, it is important that you contact BOTH Tanora Burnett in the plastic surgery office at (909) 558-8085, and the surgical education coordinator, Kalar Ojecda, at (909) 824-4982.

Your contact person in the event that the assistants are unable to assist you or answer your questions is Duncan Miles, MD. Wrap-up will be every Thursday with Dr. Miles at the FMO, suite 2100. Please check with Dr. Miles at the beginning of the week to confirm.

Please review the orientation materials that describe the course for the plastic surgery Ambulatory Week in detail. You must also present a grading sheet to the plastic surgery academic office to gain access to the Resource Center and videos.

At completion of the rotation, please turn in your essay, handbook, and completed evaluation to Tanora Burnett in the plastic surgery academic office, Coleman Pavilion, Suite 21126. The evaluation must be signed by the reviewing attending physician.

We hope you enjoy your rotation, and please don't hesitate to call on us at any time if you have questions or concerns regarding your time with us.

Rotation tracks 
Current rotation schedule

Plastic and reconstructive surgery ambulatory week

Duncan Miles, MD, Director of Student Education

Teaching sites: LLUMC, RCRMC

A. Knowledge Base

1. Introduction of Junior Students to the variety of clinical plastic and reconstructive surgery practice and to the reconstructive approach to patents

2. Wound Healing

3. Craniomaxillofacial surgery
      a. Congenital anomalies cleft lip and palate
          1. Orientation to craniofacial panel and multidisciplinary management
      b. Maxillofacial trauma
          1. Evaluation and approach to management

4. Introduction to Hand Surgery
     a. Diagnosis of common everyday hand problems seen in the primary 
          clinic and emergency room practice

5. Skin Cancers and Melanoma

B. Skills

1. Essential skills
     a. Review of basic suturing and wound closure, including suture materials and techniques

2. Desirable skills
      a. Perform basic hand examination

C. Input/Didactic
1. Reading assignment:

"Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Essentials for Students," (Handbook published by Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation)

2. Supplementary reading
     a. Essentials of General Surgery
          Chapter 11, pp. 119-125; and Chapter 28, pp. 359-373
     b. Essentials of Surgical Subspecialties
          Chapter 4, pp. 127-175

3. Clinic and OR assignments (See rotation schedules.)

4. Audiovisual material including videotapes on hand anatomy and examination, basic techniques in wound closure, descriptive video on plastic and reconstructive surgery practice and careers

5. plastic surgery teaching quiz, a multiple choice test
6. Integrative care patient rounds and conference - Mondays 0700 - 0830
7. Research Conference - Wednesdays 0700 - 0800
8. Teaching Conference/Grand Rounds - Thursdays 1700 - 1900
9. Didactic review with attending staff - Thursday 1630