Medical Students

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The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers opportunities for students to learn more about plastic surgery and engage with our clinical and research teams.

Medical Student Liaisons


The Johns Hopkins Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery offers a comprehensive four-week sub-internship experience for senior medical students who have completed a core surgery clerkship. The course is designed for students in their final year of training who will be participating in the upcoming National Resident Matching Program for a position within plastic surgery. The rotation provides broad exposure to the full spectrum of plastic surgery, including congenital and traumatic craniofacial reconstruction, microsurgery, breast reconstruction, elective and traumatic hand surgery, general and oncologic reconstruction, and aesthetic surgery.

Contact information

Medical student liaisons 
Dr. Salih Colakoglu
Kristen Broderick, M.D.

Program coordinator: Rebecca Slattery

Rotation Experience

Sub-interns will rotate through three of our plastic surgery services split between The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. 

Students will complete one week rotations on each of the services. The curriculum for the fourth week will be determined based on student interests and availability.


Application Process

Please note that we do not participate in the VSAS application service. Students must apply through the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine’s Office of the Registrar. Below is a checklist of all required documentation to apply. 

  • Visiting student application
    -Please list “Subinternship in Plastic Surgery” under the Elective Preference section.
    -Please refer to the school of medicine's academic calendar to complete the “Dates of Elective” section. You may list up to three potential rotation dates in descending order of preference. Please note that while the application requires your listed dates fall precisely within the school of medicine's academic blocks, our department is able to work with students to ensure their sub-internship aligns with any off-cycle or external scheduling requirements.
  • Letter of recommendation/ good standing from your dean's office
  • Official transcript, indicating completion of core surgery clerkship
  • Immunization records
  • Honor Code, signature page only

Please send Rebecca Slattery a brief email to express your interest in our subinternship and include your preferred rotation dates. Please inform us if your preferred dates conflict with the Johns Hopkins academic calendar so we can best accommodate these restrictions.

To apply, please submit an application through our online application portal.

Please note that the Office of the Registrar can sometimes take up to three months to process applications. Students are advised to apply early and may submit applications up to six months in advance.

Once your application has been processed and accepted, payment of a registration fee is required before any clinical activities can begin. Do not include this payment in your initial application. Please refer to the school of medicine fees website for the most up-to-date details.

Interested students should note that, although the residency program is a joint program with both Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, this sub-internship is solely sponsored by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Students who may have an interest in rotating at the University of Maryland/Shock Trauma need to apply for a visiting rotation through the University of Maryland School of Medicine. 

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Underrepresented in Medicine Visiting Elective

The Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) visiting elective program is intended to provide highly qualified fourth-year medical students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine the opportunity to rotate with the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. This program is intended to:

  • Position 4th year URM medical students to achieve academic success as competitive plastic surgery applicants
  • Connect prospective URM plastic surgery applicants with mentors that recognize the critical need to diversify the plastic and reconstructive surgery workforce
  • Explore the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery at one of the largest and busiest tertiary care centers in the nation, while treating an incredibly diverse patient population

How To Apply

Please email your complete application to Rebecca Slattery at [email protected] except for the letter of recommendation—your letter writer should email your letter to Rebecca Slattery directly. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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