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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.

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.


One of two primary services at The Johns Hopkins Hospital, the clinical focus of the Edgerton service centers around adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery, including cleft lip/palate, cranial vault procedures, orthognathic surgery, facial reanimation, gender-affirming surgeries and traumatic injuries. In addition, there is broad exposure to pediatric plastic surgery including burn reconstruction, pediatric hand surgery and urogenital reconstruction.


The second service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital is focused on breast reconstruction, microsurgery, hand surgery and general reconstructive surgery. On this service, students will be exposed to a wide array of microsurgical procedures such as breast reconstruction, lymphedema surgery and lower extremity salvage procedures.

Johns Hopkins Bayview

The Johns Hopkins Bayview plastic surgery service provides a comprehensive experience in traumatic and elective hand surgery, as well as breast and body contouring. With three full-time attendings and only two residents, the Johns Hopkins Bayview rotation offers an immersive, apprenticeship-style training experience.

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


Core curriculum

Weekly, resident-led small group sessions review a plastic surgery topic in depth. Students will be assigned one or two questions and are expected to prepare an informal presentation. Presentations should be concise (less than five minutes) and should not require the aid of a PowerPoint presentation. Core is usually held on Tuesday mornings at 6:30 a.m., but may vary among services.

Grand Rounds program

Thursday mornings, residents and students are excused from clinical responsibilities to participate in the scheduled teaching curriculum. The weekly program consists of three sections:

  • Resident presentation on a core plastic surgery topic (6:45 to 7:30 a.m.).
  • Faculty or visiting professor presentation (7:30 to 8:15 a.m.).
  • Resident/student-only sessions moderated by a faculty member (8:45 to 12:00 p.m.) These vary from week to week and may consist of cadaver dissections, journal club, indications conferences, or specialized skills labs.

Case presentation

Sub-interns are expected to prepare a 10-minute presentation to be delivered at Grand Rounds during their final week of sub-internship. Presentations may review an interesting case encountered during sub-internship or a research project.

Business attire with a clean white coat is appropriate for the Grand Rounds and clinic. Scrubs are otherwise permitted.

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. Please refer to the school of medicine's Visiting Student Website for more information.

  • 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 Helena Johnson 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. 

Contact information

Medical student liaisons 
Robin Yang, D.D.S., M.D.
Kristen Broderick, M.D.

Program coordinator: Helena Johnson

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