Medical Students

The burn service welcomes any medical students enrolled in a surgical rotation that are interested in participating in the care of the burned patient. Students can request this rotation thru Mary Kay Anderson. The burn service provides an in depth exposure to the unique pathophysiologic processes of the burned patient, and to managing critically ill patients with complex wounds. Students are expected to be active participants in burn rounds, burn clinic, and the operating room. The operative experience is especially rich as cases always require multiple team member involvement. Students will have the opportunity to place central lines, perform fascial excisions, harvest skin, and perform skin grafts.

If interested in rotating on the burn service, please contact Mary Kay Anderson:

Mary Kay Anderson
Medical Student Program Coordinator
Department of Surgery


My day with the Burn service was one of my best during the surgery rotation. (It was actually one of the best of med school but I didn't want to sound like I was trying too hard!) The challenges they are faced with and the tools used to solve them are unique to the burn service and provide exposure to surgical cases you won't see on the general surgery rotation. The cases I saw were some of the most vivid I have had in medical school and will stay with me for a very long time. The nature of the surgeries also allows much more student participation and I felt like a useful member of the team.

Greg Zablocki, MSIII (Class of 2012)


The burn service is a unique rotation that will challenge one's stamina, critical care skills, and mental fortitude.  However, it is also very educational, gratifying, and a distinct chance to be part of a truly multidisciplinary team.  Residents that rotate on the burn service consist of Emergency Room interns and General Surgery second-year residents.  This rotation is distinctive in that residents work directly with the attending on a daily basis, in both the ICU and operating room, providing an opportunity for mentorship and growth.  Residents are expected to be the “keepers” of the service, and inform the fellow/attending regularly on changes in patient condition. 

Interns and residents rotating on the service will also receive a copy of the “Burn Surgery Pocket Guide” on their first day. The manual is an invaluable resource and will answer 90% of your questions on how the service is run and how to care for our burn patients.


The University of Colorado Burn Surgery Fellowship is a one-year non-ACGME-accredited burn fellowship meant to give Fellows the full breadth and experience of burn/frostbite/complex wound care in order to prepare Fellows for a career in burn surgery. Click the button below for details on the fellowship program.