Are you a student enrolled in a medical school without a plastic surgery training program? If so, you could be at a disadvantage when matching into a plastic surgery residency program since you have yet to have the same opportunities to learn from plastic surgery mentors, network within the aesthetic community, or assist with research as those who attend a school with a home plastic surgery program.

We want to help bridge this gap for you.


This Externship focuses on general aesthetic plastic surgery education with potential for aesthetic research opportunities. In this program, we pair you with a board-certified plastic surgeon and Active Member of The Aesthetic Society for a yearlong 1:1 mentorship. We will make every attempt to match you with a mentor in your state to reduce the time and expense of travel and lodging.

You will participate in regular video calls where your mentor can answer questions, suggest reading materials, offer advice, provide educational guidance, and share real-world experiences. You will attend a 5-day observership at your mentor’s office to observe patient consults, watch live treatments, learn about practice management, and more. 

If your mentor is participating in an active research project, you may have the opportunity to assist. All externs receive access to the Aesthetic Research Community for Medical Students (ARCMS) via AestheticConnect, where you can find additional research resources and community support.

Lastly, we provide you with complimentary registration to The Aesthetic MEET. If you choose to attend, your mentor can guide you on which educational courses to go to and help you expand your network throughout the 4-day event. 


Must be a year 1-4 DO or MD medical student currently enrolled in a medical college in the US or Canada without a home plastic surgery program.

Program Benefits

  • 1:1 Mentoring

  • 5-day Observership (clinic and operating room)

  • Potential for aesthetic research opportunities 

  • Access to Aesthetic Research Community for Medical Students (ARCMS) 

  • Complimentary registration for The Aesthetic MEET 


To apply, you must complete the Externship Application Form.

Please read and follow all instructions on the application. Only complete submissions that follow the stated requirements will be eligible.

Review Process

The Externship Program Task Force reviews and rates all externship applications. We accept the applicants with the highest rating into the program. The number of accepted applicants each quarter varies depending on the mentors and research projects available.

Application Period 

June 14 - July 12


Other Externship Opportunities

If you’re interested in becoming an extern but require financial assistance to participate, see our Apply For Externship With Scholarship page. This program offers a scholarship of up to $3,500 if you qualify to help cover program-related costs such as travel, lodging, local transportation, and meals to attend your observership and The Aesthetic MEET. 

To ensure you receive aesthetic research experience as part of your Externship, see our Apply For Cooperative Research Externship page. 


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