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Burn Management Elective

We offer a 4-week critical care elective in burn management to 4th year medical students. At the end of the elective, you will have a greater understanding of the current concepts of the physics, pathophysiology and management of thermal burns, electrical burns, chemical burns, inhalation injuries, and their relationship to morbidity and mortality and patient recovery in the pediatric and adult population.

Objectives

  • Recognize the socioeconomic factors involved in long-term management of major burn injuries
  • Understand the basic elements of nutritional management of pediatric and adult burn patients
  • Advance knowledge of the common pharmacotherapeutics used in pediatric and adult burn patients
  • Develop a greater understanding of the ethical implications involved with surgical intervention on patients, families, physicians and healthcare workers
  • Actively participate in ongoing educational opportunities at the weekly Burn Conference
  • Prepare for the operating room experience by familiarizing oneself with a basic understanding of operative procedures and principles of surgery

Description

  • Observe acute resuscitation and stabilization
  • Observe debridement and grafting of burn wounds
  • Learn basic wound management and follow-up care
  • Evaluate nutritional, immunologic, and input and output status
  • Participate in rounds and conferences
  • Be actively involved in surgical critical care
  • Typical daily schedule: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Night call/special requirements: 6 home calls for emergency admissions

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