While on general surgery service, the resident will:
- rotate one month through the plastic surgery service;
- attend all neurosciences didactic conferences, including subspecialty program conferences; and
- see all inpatient consults with senior resident or attending staff.
Goals and Objectives
The primary function of this rotation is to learn about patients with myocutaneous flaps or decubitus ulcers and learn management of wounds, wound healing, and the various suture techniques.
Medical Knowledge – At the end of this rotation, the resident will be able to:
- Understand the pathophysiology of wound healing.
- Understand the causes, prevention and treatment of postoperative wound complications, such as infection and dehiscence.
Patient Care and Assessment – At the end of this rotation, the resident will be able to:
- Demonstrate the ability to manage complex wound care for patients.
- Perform comprehensive history and physicals and preoperative assessments in outpatient clinics and in-house consults.
Practiced-Based Learning – At the end of this rotation, the resident will be able to:
- Provide basic care to wounds, debride wounds and close simple wounds.
- Make and close incisions.
System-Based Practice – At the end of this rotation, the resident will be able to:
- Understand system-based practice of vocational rehabilitation, nursing homes and insurance issues.
Interpersonal and Communication Skills – At the end of this rotation, the resident will be able to:
- Discuss medical issues with patient and patient families while guarding patient’s privacy.
- Collaborate effectively with colleagues and other health professionals.
Professionalism – At the end of this rotation, the resident will be:
- Expected to act in a professional manner at all times.
- Expected to be compassionate in his or her dealings with patients and patient families.
- Expected to receive constructive criticism positively and develop improvement plan.