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Welcome to the Division of Plastic Surgery at The University of British Columbia! We hope you have an educative and enjoyable rotation with us. If you have any concerns or questions, please ask your senior, junior, any staff members, or contact Maureen. You will find us very approachable.

If you have not already done so, please arrange getting hospital photo ID, dictation privaleges, computer access, and pagers through your home program prior to the start of your rotation. For any questions, contact Maureen and Parm ( 

UBC Director of Undergraduate Education: Dr. Chris Doherty

Day One

Contacting one of the residents at your assigned site ahead of time is recommended. Maureen can tell you who will be at your site.

If your rotation is at Vancouver General Hospital, then please arrive on Monday morning at 0615 on the Burns, Trauma, and High-Acuity Unit, 2nd floor of Vancouver General Hospital, Jim Pattison Pavilion, 899 West 12th Avenue. 

If your rotation is at Saint Paul's Hospital, then please arrive on Monday morning outside the OR main desk at 0645 on the 3rd floor of the Providence Building. 

If your rotation is at BC Children's Hospital, then please arrive on Monday morning outside the OR main desk at 07:30.

If your rotation is at UBC Hospital, then please arrive on Monday morning outside the OR main desk at 07:30.

Day by day

The service at either hospital includes a combination of operating room time, clinics, minor surgery, in-patient care, emergency consultations, and teaching. Your senior plastic surgery resident will help you schedule your week. 

Medical students have defined goals and objectives laid out by the UBC undergraduate department. If you feel you are lacking in an area, please speak to your senior early so that adjustments to the rotation can be made.


Schedule of Rounds


While on service you are expected to attend all rounds unless pre-existing academic commitments from your home program exist. Rounds at at VGH.

Monday: No Rounds

Tuesday: Hand Rounds - 0645 BTHAU Conference room at VGH.

Wednesday: Walk-around-rounds - 0700 Diamond Center 9th floor, OR, Plastics Grand Rounds - 0700 Diamond Center 1st floor.

Thursday: No rounds, plastics residents academic half-day 1300-1800.

Friday: Weekend handover rounds - 1700 BTHAU Conference room at VGH for VGH team and weekend call team.


Ward patients rounds are conducted at each hospital after confirmation of time with the staff.



You will always be on call with a junior and a senior resident. You and the junior cover Vancouver General Hospital at night, which includes the emergency room and the in-patient population. All consults need to be reviewed with a senior resident proir to initiating any treatment. Call is usually 4-5 shifts spread out over your rotation. 

Below are some important points about call from UBC and from the Division:

1. On call duties should not exceed one night in four; should be distributed as evenly as possible throughout the rotation.

2. On plastics, MSIs are excused each night at 11:30pm and are expected to be present the following day. There is no "post-call" day on plastics. Students may choose to stay of their own volition if there is something interesting happening.


3. Students have a mandatory release from all clinical duties (including rounds/call) for the following times: 

  • at 1700 hrs on the last day of each three-week Surgery rotation.

  • during their Surgical Orientation Day from 0600 – 1600 hrs.

  • at 1700 hrs the night before every Academic Full Day (which occur every Tuesday, unless there is a stat holiday will occur on a Wednesday) until 1600 hrs on the day of each Academic Full Day.

  • at 1700 hrs the night before each rotation group’s written/oral examinations (which occur on the last Friday of your six-weeks in Surgery, unless there is a stat holiday will occur on a Thursday) until 1800 hrs on the day of each written/oral examinations .

  • NOTE: Students may be expected to return to work/call after their academic half day or examinations while they are on service.


4. On plastics, doing call is mandatory. Failure to do call constitutes failure of the rotation. 


5. Should you be unavailable to attend assigned call it is YOUR responsibility to switch with another student and notify (in advance) the Division. If you cannot find someone to switch with you then you will be considered absent and the appropriate absence form needs to be filled out, as per the Attendance Policy.


6. Stat Holidays – should not be assumed holidays for students. Please check with the Site Director, Chief Resident, supervisors to find out if you are expected in clinical placements. Days off in lieu are not permitted.


7. Call Protected Days – schedule will be observed by the Department and all it’s Divisions.

8. Prior to the block starting, the chief resident will send out call requests. If you are requesting a particular night off call, please comminicate it to the cheif resident prior to the schedule being created. 


The surgeon with whom you share the on-call weekend and the entire resident staff will all contribute to your evaluation. The evaluation forms are for you to hand out to 2 surgeons and 2 residents that you have worked with during your rotation. These will be used to do your final evaluation. A blank attendance form has also been provided for you to fill out throughout your rotation. Please complete it by filling in the half-day activities in which you participate and identify your supervisors for that time.


Good luck! We really enjoy having medical students on the service! See and do as much as you can. Check out the "Tips for Surviving the Rotation" page for some helpful tidbits.

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