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Educational Resources for Medical Students

Rotation Experience

The Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Kansas offers a comprehensive four-week externship for senior medical students who will be participating in the upcoming National Residency Matching Program for a position within plastic surgery. During the externship, you will spend three weeks at the main hospital and one week at Children's Mercy Hospital. This will allow you to experience the full breadth and diversity of cases our program has to offer, including:

  • Breast reconstruction
  • Lymphedema surgery
  • Gender-affirmation surgery
  • Congenital and traumatic craniofacial reconstruction
  • Elective and traumatic hand surgery
  • General and oncologic reconstruction
  • Burn and wound management
  • Aesthetic surgery

Monday afternoons from 4-6:30 p.m, residents and students are excused from clinical responsibilities to participate in educational conferences.

Case Presentation

Students will be expected to prepare a brief presentation to be delivered during resident conference in the last week of their rotation. Presentations can review an interesting case seen during the externship or a research project.

Application Process

Applications are only accepted through VSAS.

Go to the KUMC visiting medical student webpage for more information.


We are pleased to offer diversity scholarships designed to provide an opportunity for medical students from underrepresented groups to have experience in clinical practice. Recipients will be paired with faculty and resident mentors. The application period runs from December 1 to March 1 for the upcoming academic year, and scholarships will be awarded during the month of March. Travel costs from each recipient's home or medical school to and from Kansas City will be provided by the department, along with lodging and a stipend.

Learn more about the diversity sub-internship in plastic surgery here.

Apply for the diversity sub-internship in plastic surgery scholarship.

For further information and submission of a completed application, please contact Kendra Harms or Dr. Richard Korentager.


Please visit the KU Medical Center visiting medical student webpage for up to date information on COVID related changes


My home medical school has a different academic calendar, are your externship dates flexible?
Unfortunately, due to School of Medicine policy, we are unable to offer off-cycle externship dates.

Does KUMC provide housing for visiting medical students?
KU Medical Center does not have on-campus housing. Our campus provides a housing classified ad service, GradRent. Additionally, Rotating Room is a non-KUMC service for finding sublets.

Will I need to have a car?
While most of the rotation is at the the main campus of KU Medical Center, our surgeons also operate on the Indian Creek campus, which is about a 20-minute drive from the main campus. Students will also need transportation to reach Children's Mercy Hospital, which is a 10-minute drive from the main campus.

Visiting students may purchase a temporary student parking permit from Parking Services. Visiting students are not allowed to park in visitor parking garages after their first day on campus.

Contact Info

Program Coordinator:
Kendra Harms
(913) 588-2000

KU School of Medicine

University of Kansas Medical Center
Department of Plastic, Burn and Wound Surgery
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Mailstop 3015
Kansas City, KS 66160