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Division of Plastic Surgery

Curriculum


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. 22 months are dedicated to integrated core surgery training tailored to provide graduated responsibility for patient care and technical expertise for a broad range of surgical disciplines.

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.

Clinical volume is high, and residents are involved in all clinical activities including preoperative evaluation, surgery, postoperative care and follow-up. Residents work side by side with faculty members to provide excellent care for patients and to ensure an excellent educational experience. The resident to faculty ratio is typically 1:1; residents rarely watch other residents perform surgery, and operative opportunities frequently outnumber residents available, allowing the residents to be directed to the more educational cases. We are committed to providing hands-on experience to our residents, and operative responsibilities are awarded progressively as ability develops.

In addition to clinical activities, residents and faculty participate in didactic activities including a weekly educational seminar based on a three-year rotating curriculum, a monthly multidisciplinary hand conference, a monthly journal club, morbidity and mortality conference, research conference and anatomic dissections in the anatomy lab. These are all structured educational activities with identified goals and objectives. We are extremely proud of our state of the art Patient Safety and Clinical Competency Center, offering several activities aimed at improving clinical skills, including human patient simulators and surgical simulators.

Time and funding are provided for residents to attend regional and national meetings to further their education. These include a maxillofacial surgery course, a microsurgery course, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Scientific Meeting (as a chief resident). Time and funding are also provided to present research at any meetings at which the resident has had abstracts accepted.