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Plastic Surgery International Medical Mission - PLAS 542


Internal Medicine and Surgery Clerkships


Part of the time at UMMS/part of the time in a foreign country to be announced each year

Description and Goals:

The goal of this elective is to provide the student with the experience of traveling as part of a medical mission to a country where people do not have access to reconstructive plastic surgery.  During the UMMS portion of the elective, the student will be involved with the preparation for the trip, including organizing the supplies with Dr. Nelson Goldberg.  The student will also participate in the plastic surgery service just as any other elective student would do with a special emphasis on the types of procedures that will be done on the medical mission. The student will attend section conferences including case reviews, and didactic sessions during the time at UMMS.

For the second portion of the elective, the student will travel with Dr. Goldberg to the foreign country, assist in triaging the patients who desire surgery, assist with preoperative evaluation -  including history and physical examinations of the patients, assist with the surgical procedures, and assist with post operative monitoring and follow-up planning. 

The student will travel with Dr.Goldberg and the Medical Mission Group team. They will participate in the workup of patients, the actual procedures, and patient aftercare. The range of diseases treated span pediatric and adult congenital deformities such as cleft lip/palate and hand anomalies, late burn deformities such as scar contractures, deformities and dysfunction associated with traumatic injuries including nerve injuries, scarring, bony deformities of the hand/face, soft tissue deformities of the entire body.

Completion of all SOM paperwork for international electives is required.

Number of Students:


Time of Year Available:

Contact faculty responsible or administrative contact for availability.


Monday through Friday - Yes
Evenings - No
Weekends - No
Call - No

Faculty Responsible:

Nelson H. Goldberg, MD, FACS
Professor of Surgery

Administrative Contact:

Pamela S. Griffin
(410) 328-7399  

Last Revision: August 6, 2013