For most people, the term boot camp generally congers up images of drill sergeants barking orders before the sun rises and 10-mile slogs in the pouring rain. For the 19 medical students who attended the Plastic Surgery Boot Camp at the University of Kansas Medical Center this July, the basic training experience was less about exercising their brawn and more about using their brain.

The camp, which was sponsored by the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons, was designed to provide a solid grounding in the basics of plastic surgery before the residents embark on their formal specialty training.

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