Requirements & Eligibility

The Division of Plastic Surgery offers two positions 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 third year. 

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). Our rotation schedule aims to initially blend progressive plastic surgery responsibilities with the core surgery requirements. Residents enter full time plastic surgery rotations at the PGY-3 level.


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). 

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).


Residents can officially begin a plastic surgery training program (REQUISITE TRAINING) after completion of any of the PREREQUISITE options, which all require confirmation by the Board.  The Independent Model has two options:

Option 1 - General Surgery.  Five years of ACGME-approved clinical general surgery residency training with progressive responsibility sufficient to qualify for certification by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) is required.  The five years of training must be completed before the resident enters a plastic surgery residency.  Effective July 1, 2009, and eliminated after the 2015 match, if the resident enters a plastic surgery residency in the same institution as the general surgery residency , then only three years of general surgery residency are required.

Option 2 - Is available for residents who have satisfactorily completed a formal training program and have satisfied the training to apply for/or are certified in the following:  general surgery (including the Vascular Surgery Board of the American Board of Surgery), neurological surgery, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, thoracic surgery, urology, or oral and maxillofacial surgery (the latter requiring two years of clinical general surgery training in addition to an M.D. / D.D.D. or D.M.D.).  Successful completion of these ACGME or ADA accredited programs fulfills the PREREQUISITE training requirement.


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. 

Personal patient management and longitudinal follow-up is enhanced by the clinical residents.  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. 



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.  

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.



Throughout the program, plastic surgery residents are encouraged to pursue special interests in clinical and experimental topics related to plastic surgery.  Opportunities are available for basic science research in the NIH funded wound healing research lab.


The Senior Resident attends the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Attendance at national or regional meetings for which an abstract is accepted for presentation is financially supported.  Any paper which is presented at a national or regional meeting provides an additional trip for the resident author.  The PGY 3 Integrated and 1st year independent resident attend ASMS basic.  The PGY 5 attends ASPS each year.  The Chief residents can choose whether to attend AAPS or subspecialty meeting of their choosing.

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  the Integrated program is October 1. 
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
    • Personal Statement
    • Curriculum Vitae
    • USMLE Scores
    • Medical School Transcript 
    • Dean's Letter
    • 3 Current Letters of Recommendation
    • ECFMG Certificate

For additional information, please contact our program.