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Division of Plastic Surgery

Requirements & Eligibility


EDUCATION

PLASTIC SURGERY RESIDENCY

The Division of Plastic Surgery offers one position in the six (6) year Integrated Training Model every year. The Division also offers one position in the three (3) year Independent Model Training Program every other year. 

INTEGRATED MODEL
PREREQUISITE TRAINING

Applicants for the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Training Model must have graduated from a medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee in Graduate Medical Education (LCME).  All applications are processed through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). 

CLINICAL TRAINING

The Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency provides complete plastic surgery training in an Integrated format which will prepare the resident to enter the Certification Process of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).  The PGY 1 to 3 years are spent in basic surgical science studies. Satisfactory completion of this prerequisite phase of the training process allows the resident to enter into the (PGY 4 to 6) requisite training phase.

INDEPENDENT MODEL
PREREQUISITE TRAINING

Applicants for the Independent Plastic Surgery Residency Training Model must have completed a minimum of three consecutive years in a general surgery residency training program which is approved by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).  Applicants who have completed training in the specialties of Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Urology, or Otolaryngology and are released to enter the certifying pathways of their respective ABMS Boards may apply.  All applicants must have a certificate issued by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) verifying their prerequisite training.  All applications are processed through the San Francisco Match Process.

The application deadline for this program is January 1st.

CLINICAL TRAINING

The Independent Plastic Surgery Model provides complete plastic surgery training at the PGY 4 to 6 levels which will prepare the resident to enter the Certification Process of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS). 

PLASTIC SURGERY EDUCATION

All plastic surgery residents participate in all aspects of inpatient and outpatient care.  This includes preoperative evaluation, surgical performance and postoperative care.  The plastic surgery residents are responsible for the focused evaluation and treatment of serious and critically injured patients under the close clinical supervision of the attending faculty.  Call schedule duties are taken in equal rotation by the four clinical residents. 

Weekly plastic surgery clinics are staffed at Albany Medical Center and at the Samuel S. Stratton Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center.  In addition, a Hand Surgery Clinic is held at the VAMC in conjunction with the plastic surgery clinic.  A Craniofacial Clinic meets monthly at St. Peter’s Hospital.  Monthly Mortality and Morbidity Conferences are held at Albany Medical Center and review of all pragmatic hospitals is done.

Personal patient management and longitudinal follow-up is provided by the clinical residents through outpatient plastic surgical resident office hours.  Patients are assigned to each resident according to his level of experience and expertise, discussed with the attending staff and scheduled for surgery as appropriate. 

Teaching

Residents gain valuable teaching experience through participation in the training of medical students, general surgery residents and residents from other subspecialties which rotate on the plastic surgery service.  Residents also assist in the training and supervision of student nurses and physician assistant students. 

Didactic teaching is mostly by the tutorial method.  Faculty members and assigned residents lead discussion periods each week according to a schedule which will cover the breadth of plastic surgery in 3 years.  Faculty members present formal lectures on collaborative material.  Visiting Professorships occur 3 or 4 times a year and provide individual exposure to the leaders in the specialty.  All resident spend time in the microsurgical laboratory for their education and technical practice.

Research

Throughout the program, plastic surgery residents are encouraged to pursue special interests in clinical and experimental topics related to plastic surgery.  All clinical residents are expected to have prepared a paper for submission by the time of graduation.

Travel 

The Senior Resident attends the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. They also are required to submit an abstract to the Chief Resident’s Conference sponsored by the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.  The PGY-5 resident attends the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons. The PGY-4 resident attends the Basic Maxillofacial Workshop Course sponsored by the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.  Any paper which is presented at a national meeting provides an additional trip for the resident author.

Residents also are required to submit an abstract to the Chief Resident’s Conference sponsored by the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.  The PGY-5 resident attends the annual meeting of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.  The PGY-4 resident attends the Basic Maxillofacial Workshop Course sponsored by the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons.  Any paper which is presented at a national meeting provides an additional trip for the resident author.

The application deadline for this program is November 15. 
All applications to this program are to be submitted through ERAS.  To apply for this program through ERAS you will be required to submit the following materials:

    • Photograph (preferred but not required)
    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • USMLE Steps I and II
    • Medical School Transcript and Diploma/Certificate
    • Dean's Letter
    • 3 Current Letters of Recommendation
    • ECFMG Certificate (if applicable)

Interview Dates:

Integrated Program: Thursday, November 21 and Thursday, December 5, 2013

 

For additional information, please contact our program.

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