Curriculum

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Vision

To train excellent plastic surgeons in the full breadth of our specialty and prepare them to make meaningful contributions to the field, irrespective of their career goals.

Conference Schedule

Our conferences occur twice weekly and include protected time for education.

Core Curriculum

Each week, an assigned topic is thoroughly discussed based on the ASPS Resident Education Curriculum. The topics are organized in a manner to cycle completely every two years. The format for these sessions includes both questions and discussion, as well as presentations by selected expert faculty.

Grand Rounds

In addition to our core education curriculum, an additional weekly session cycles through the following:

  • M&M Conference
  • Journal Club (Industry sponsored)
  • Selected Topics (Speakers from other departments)
  • Resident Presentations
  • Skills Lab / Cadaver Dissections

Sub-Specialty Clinics

Residents have the opportunity to participate in the following multi-disciplinary sub-specialty clinics, which occur on a monthly basis:

  • Vascular Anomalies Clinic
  • Craniofacial Clinic
  • Orthognathic Conference
  • Life After Facial Injury
  • Wound Care Clinic
  • Limb Salvage Conference

Rotations

Our rotations are selected to maximize early exposure to plastic surgery and ensure the rest of time is spent in the most relevant external rotations. Through graduated learning and teaching, residents can progress rapidly through the various stages, with the intention to achieve a  high degree of autonomy and independence by the fifth year of residency.

Years 1-2:

  • During each of the first two years, at least 4-6 months are spent directly on the plastic surgery service. The rest of rotations include transplant surgery, vascular surgery, trauma surgery, ICU, pediatric surgery, orthopedic surgery, neurosurgery, Mohs dermatologic surgery, anesthesia, EM, oculoplastic surgery, OMFS, and ENT. Additionally, 1-2 months are spent in a dedicated research rotation. During this time, residents will focus on becoming efficient clinicians, developing clinical decision making skills, and integrating external knowledge relevant to plastic surgery. Being the resident primarily responsible for seeing consults allows for early proficiency with basic bedside procedures in the emergency department and hospital wards under the graduated supervision of a more senior resident. Residents during these years are also expected to cover basic procedures in the operating theater.

Years 3-4:

  • During each midlevel year, a total of 9-11 months are spent directly in dedicated plastic surgery rotations, including cosmetic surgery. The resident serves as the consult resident, who is primarily responsible for managing and staffing consults with faculty as well as teaching and supervising more junior residents with procedures and clinical decision-making. Within the operating theater, the midlevel resident is expected to be capable of performing critical surgical steps. During these years, our residents will have met their ACGME case logs needed for graduation.

Year 5:

  • All rotations at this time are dedicated fully to plastic surgery with dedicated time for an infolded fellowship in any desired subspecialty. The fifth year residents serve as administrative chiefs, ensuring appropriate resident assignment and scheduling. Additionally, the resident is expected to perform critical steps of more complex procedures independently with minimal assistance from faculty.

Year 6:

  • All rotations at this time are also dedicated fully to plastic surgery with time for elective rotations, either internally within one of our institutions or externally. The chief resident is expected to perform as a young faculty with near full autonomy and minimal guidance both inside and outside the operating theater.

Infolded Fellowship

Our high volume and wide exposure to the spectrum of plastic surgery allows room for additional focused rotations during years 5 and 6. All residents have the opportunity to choose a subspecialty in which to spend dedicated time and will be mentored as a fellow by the respective faculty. This novel concept is another unique distinguishing feature of our program compared to others throughout the country.


Elective Rotations

During the last year, our residents have approximately 2-3 months of elective rotations. Residents can choose to spend this time internally within one of our institutions or coordinate an external elective rotation, either nationally or internationally.


Visiting Professorships

Renowned plastic surgeons from around the country are invited on average twice per year for a protected full day of education and networking with residents and faculty.


Travel Support

All residents have yearly funding available to attend at least one conference or course around the country. Additionally, multiple industry-sponsored courses are offered throughout the year with all expenses covered.

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