Undergraduate Education

Explore plastic & reconstructive surgery

At Dalhousie, we offer an undergraduate program that allows you to explore various areas of surgery, including plastic & reconstructive surgery. From electives to clerkships, there’s plenty of opportunity to find out if this specialty is right for you.

Med I & II

During your first and second year, you’ll find that our electives provide an unparalleled opportunity to work closely with a staff preceptor and expand your knowledge of plastic surgery.

Offering experience in both the ambulatory care clinic and operating room settings, these electives will expose you to all facets of the specialty. You’ll also get a chance to pursue a plastic surgery research project that interests you, whether you choose an innovative clinical research idea or cutting edge basic science research project.

Med III Clinical Clerkship Program

If you choose to apply for this program, you’ll be taking the opportunity to participate in one of the top-rated clerkship rotations—as rated by our medical students. In our clerkship, you will:

  • take an active role in patient care
  • get great hands-on experience in the operating room
  • receive in-depth bedside and didactic teaching from residents and faculty with numerous awards for excellence in medical education

During your three-week core rotation, you’ll meet our clerkship objectives by working with patients on the ward, in the ambulatory clinic, as well as minor and main operating rooms. You’ll also be exposed to a wide range of patient experiences designed to provide an understanding of:

  • general adult plastic surgery
  • pediatric plastic surgery
  • hand & peripheral nerve reconstruction
  • hand trauma
  • breast reconstruction
  • microsurgery
  • craniofacial reconstruction & trauma
  • burn management & reconstruction
  • skin cancer surgery
  • aesthetic surgery

Want to apply for an elective, a clerkship or an observership?

Contact our plastic surgery educational coordinator at 902-473-8609 or PSRes@cdha.nshealth.ca.

Contact us

Plastic surgery educational coordinator
Heather Munroe
Phone: 902-473-8609
Fax: 902-473-6296
Email: PSRes@cdha.nshealth.ca

Plastic surgery clerkship director 
Dr. Justin Paletz
Phone: 902-473-6300
Fax: 902-425-7369

Dalhousie Undergraduate Medical Education Office
Phone: 902-494-1546
Fax: 902-494-8884
Email: ugme@dal.ca