The Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency provides complete plastic surgery training in an Integrated Model leading to application for examination by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. One position is offered each year for the six (6) year training cycle. The first three years are spent in basic general surgical studies. Satisfactory completion of this training phase allows the resident to enter into the three-year plastic surgery training cycle.
The plastic surgery residents participate in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care. This includes, under normal circumstances, preoperative evaluation, surgical performance/assistance at surgery, and postoperative care. The plastic surgery residents are responsible for the focused evaluation and treatment of serious and critically ill or injured patients under close supervision of the attending faculty. The call schedule is taken in equal rotation by all residents.
Weekly plastic surgery clinics are staffed at Albany Medical Center (AMC) and Samuel S. Stratton Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). In addition, a bi-monthly hand surgery clinic is held at VAMC in conjunction with the plastic surgery clinic and a craniofacial clinic meets at St. Peter's Hospital. Residents participate in daily morning attending teaching rounds, evening unit rounds, and teaching rounds at Albany Medical College. Monthly mortality and morbidity conferences and Divisional meetings are held at the South Clinical Campus of Albany Medical Center Hospital.
Personal evaluation and longitudinal follow-up is provided to residents through outpatient plastic surgical resident office hours. Patients assigned to each resident are evaluated, discussed with the attending staff, and then scheduled for surgery as appropriate. Postoperative wound care and long-term follow-up is provided in these clinics.