Designing and arranging an undergraduate elective course in plastic surgery—the experiences of a Scandinavian department

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle


Background: In recent years, the medical curricula have become more crowded and the majority of medical students are no longer exposed to plastic surgery in medical school. Previous studies have revealed that most medical students are not aware of what the speciality entails.The aims of this paper were to describe the development of an elective course, as a method for including more plastic surgery in undergraduate medical training, and to investigate how many students were attracted to the course. Methods: The course was designed to build on knowledge the students had acquired previously in their training. The aims and learning objectives were chosen so that they would be potentially useful to all future doctors and were described according to the SOLO taxonomy and the levels of Miller’s pyramid of learning were applied. Results: The course attracted students who had not previously considered a career in plastic surgery. The number of students applying for the course exceeded the number of places on offer and the course was well received by the students taking it. Conclusions: The course has the potential to increase the knowledge about plastic surgery among future doctors, possibly leading to improvements in both referrals and recruitment of suitable young doctors to the speciality. Level of Evidence: Not ratable.


External organisations
  • Skåne University Hospital
  • Capio Medocular
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Surgery


  • Plastic surgery, Recruitment, Undergraduate training
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)207-212
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jun 1
Publication categoryResearch