Plastic Surgery Rotation

Educational Objectives (PGY 1-2)


  • Describe the mechanisms of normal wound healing and outline factors that impair normal wound healing.
  • Describe the different types of soft tissue wounds and their management, including lacerations, abrasions, contusions, avulsions, clean and contaminated wounds.
  • Recognize the most appropriate closure for a given skin defect, including: primary closure, skin graft, flap, with focus on cranial and spinal wounds
  • Assess and manage patients with peripheral nerve entrapment syndromes
  • Assess and manage patients with peripheral nerve tumours
  • Assess and manage patients with trauma of the peripheral nerves and brachial plexus
  • Perform the following skills:
    1. Repair all types of skin/scalp lacerations.
    2. Participate in Carpal tunnel release surgery (open and/or endoscopic)


  • Establish therapeutic relationships with patients and their families in the clinic, emergency room and on the inpatient units.
  • Communicate effectively with patients and families in order to obtain through, focused histories during patient care encounters
  • Present consultations including detailed history, physical exam and findings of investigations to senior residents and attending staff.
  • Document consultations including history, physical examination, findings of investigations and outline of the management plan (both written and dictated as appropriate).
  • Update patients and family relevant information regarding their condition and management plan with appropriate supervision


  • Work/collaborate effectively as a member of the interdisciplinary care team, fostering a positive team environment
  • Consult other medical and surgical specialities appropriately in the care of the patients
  • Demonstrate a safe and accurate written and/or verbal handover of patient issues to colleagues
  • Listen and respond appropriately to concerns of other health care providers


  • Manage own time, education and personal life to ensure balanced lifestyle


  • Recognize and respond to determinants of health in plastic surgery patients including smoking, diet and socio-economic status
  • Facilitate return of patient to community/alternate care environments in collaboration with the multidisciplinary care team and advocate for access to resources


  • Actively participate in weekly rounds/educational activities
  • Identify and seek out personal learning needs related to cases encountered on the plastic surgery service
  • Facilitate patient, student and peer learning


  • Foster collegial relationships with staff and residents, neuroscience nurses and other allied health professionals
  • Exhibit appropriate professional behaviors in practice, including honesty, integrity, commitment, compassion, timeliness, respect and altruism
  • Show appropriate respect for opinions of other health care providers
  • Be able to appraise and identify own limits with respect to knowledge and patient care, and when to ask for assistance and consult effectively.