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COVID-19 Updates

VSLO Program

Updated May 19, 2020

The Coalition of Physician Accountability’s Work Group released recommendations for this application cycle that include discouraging away rotations. 

IUSM leaders are considering this position carefully and expect to release a response in the next week. Military students will still be permitted to fulfill their Orders to complete rotations required at other institutions. Thankfully, IUSM is very fortunate to have every specialty at our school with multiple electives available that you can complete within the IU system!

For students who must complete an away rotation to meet graduation requirements, or for those students who do not have access to particular specialties at their home institution, VSLO plans to re-open on Wednesday, May 27th at 9:00am.  

Residency Specialty Updates

Updated April 24, 2020

We know there is an acute need specialty-specific COVID updates and we want to ensure have access to information that is both timely and comprehensive. As such, the AAMC has developed a centralized website. 

To see how the 2021 residency interview cycle is affecting your specialty, please visit AAMC Speciality Response page on COVID-19

Plastic Surgery COVID-19 Update

Updated May 13, 2020

The ACAPS Board has been in discussion regarding COVID related travel restrictions and their effects on 4th year medical student visiting rotations. We plan to release the following statement on Monday and post it on our website. Please feel free to contact the Board if you have questions:

May 11, 2020

The COVID pandemic has had a significant impact on travel and group assembly, and many medical schools are protecting their fourth year students by suspending rotations outside of their institutions. The American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons supports the safety procedures enacted by medical schools, and, at the same time, recognizes the obstacles students face as they begin the process of choosing a residency.

Match data suggest that rotating at a location significantly increases the likelihood that a prospective student will match at that location. Stated another way, most residency programs rank students that have rotated with them higher than those students that did not rotate at their institution. If students across the country have varying travel capabilities as a result of differing institutional liberties, those residents confined to home will face a significant barrier to matching into what is already a very competitive specialty. 

ACAPS desires to minimize inequities in eventual resident selection, therefore, until all medical students across the country are free to travel to other U.S. locations, we strongly urge that no plastics surgery residency program allow medical student rotators from visiting institutions.

ACAPS also recognizes that some medical schools do not have affiliated integrated or independent plastic surgery programs and that students interested in a career in plastics surgery are forced to go elsewhere for the experience and guidance. We feel that restricting this subset of students would be a dis! service to their education, essentially banning them from learning about plastic surgery even though they have an expressed interest in doing so. As such, ACAPS recognizes the need for an exception to the above guidance; plastic surgery programs allowed to accept visiting fourth year students by their institution are permitted to host a fourth year student from a school that does not have a plastic surgery program if that prospective student is allowed to travel.

In order to aid medical students investigate possible career choices and help fourth year students make well reasoned decisions about plastic surgery residencies, ACAPS is developing numerous web-based offerings and virtual experiences that highlight plastic surgery as a profession and provide access to plastic surgery residency programs. We are working with other plastic surgery organizations and residency programs to create a reliable and authoritative source for information in these rapidly changing times.

Please bookmark our website, ACAPS has some excellent resources for you, and we are confident you have good ideas for us.

Robert A. Weber, MD
President, American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons