Visiting Senior Medical Student Rotations


Preceptorships in plastic surgery are available in two or four-week time slots. Applications are to be submitted through the VSLO system.

Candidates interested in plastic surgery are strongly encouraged to arrange a preceptorship early in their fourth year of medical school.

We welcome all interested 4th year medical students to join our department for 2-week or 4-week rotations in Plastic Surgery. You will see first-hand the benefits of our apprentice style of graduate medical education and be exposed to the breadth of our specialty. Each student will have the opportunity to work with all available faculty with exposure to all practice aspects including outpatient clinic, inpatient care, emergency room consultations, and the operating room. The goals of this rotation include learning the principles of wound care, general reconstruction, oncologic reconstruction, hand surgery, craniofacial surgery, and acquisition of wound closure techniques. Each student will have to opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and research ability by presenting to our department at the conclusion of your rotation. We strongly encourage pursuing this opportunity as an applicant to our program.


VSLO will be visible to students no later than February 16, 2024 and the department will start reviewing applications on March 18, 2024.

2024 Student Rotation Options:

  • July 8-August 3
  • August 5-August 31
  • September 3-September 28
  • September 30-October 26

Please include the following in your application to our sub internship program:

  • CV
  • Medical School Transcript
  • USMLE Report
  • Personal Statement
  • Mentor Letter of Recommendation


Please email the Director of Education, Colleen McDowell, if you plan to apply for a sub-internship.

For questions regarding the away student rotation and VSLO, please contact

Carla Cooks,
Program Coordinator
(434) 243-0456

Colleen Mayer McDowell
Director of Education
(434) 924-8585