Ascension Providence Hospital Plastic Surgery

Faculty Contact: Rebecca Studinger, MD 

Rotation Location: Ascension Providence Hospital, Southfield Campus 

Duration of the Rotation: 2 weeks (MSUCHM only) or 4 weeks

Students Per Month:

Work Hours: Weekdays

Prerequisites: 2 years of medical school; MCE completion for MSU CHM students; completion of Surgery clerkship for students from other schools.

MSUCHM Course #: SUR 610

General: The Plastic Surgery service of Providence Hospital is an extremely busy one. The staff is interested in teaching medical students and having them involved in the educational and clinical aspects of the program.  The students work with the residents.  This involves participating in all educational activities of the Plastic Surgery section. These occur on a daily basis in the form of lectures and conferences.  Clinical commitments are:  making rounds, being available to scrub as an assistant in the operating room, and generally helping the plastic surgery residents and fellows. Medical students are encouraged to visit the offices of the staff since minor procedures are carried out there and a vast array of interesting cases are seen.  The management of trauma is an integral part of plastic surgery, consisting of facial injuries, facial fractures and hand injuries and students are encouraged to participate in seeing these patients.

Goals & Objectives: The value of rotating on the Plastic Surgery service is that it gives firstly, an appreciation of the specialty, and secondly, during the time in the service students should be well-trained in basic principles of wound care and suturing.  Also, they should learn the clinical application of hand and face anatomy.  In addition to this, there are a vast number of interesting cases to be seen since the referrals to the Plastic Surgery group are not only local, but also national and international.  The time spent in this rotation should be interesting, stimulating and educational in this expanding field of surgery.

Evaluation: At the end of the rotation, the Rotation Director will collect data from the supervising physician and other medical team members and complete a written evaluation of the student that is reflective of the student’s academic competence, procedural proficiency and professional attributes. The standard medical school form from the student’s medical school will be used. If required, the student should complete a case log and an evaluation of the rotation and submit them to their medical school.