Message from the Residency Program Director
Thank you for your interest in the Plastic Surgery Residency Program of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. The faculty has worked hard over the years to design a training program with complete, in-depth, didactic presentations and an extensive clinical experience. The program is continuously evaluated and updated to provide cutting-edge training that prepares residents and fellows to be leaders in the specialties of plastic and reconstructive surgery and hand surgery.
The plastic surgery residency training program was recently approved to become an integrated program effective July 1, 2012. Applicants participating in the March 2012 Match will enter the 6-year "Integrated" Plastic Surgery Residency as a PGY1.
The initial 3 years include 14 months directly on the plastic surgery services, 4 months of subspecialties (anesthesia, orthopedic trauma, oculoplastics and surgical dermatology), and the remainder of the time is spent completing the required general surgery rotations.
The final 3 years involve full-time plastic surgery training that includes the full range of plastic and reconstructive surgery, advanced training in microsurgery, hand surgery, peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery, craniofacial surgery and all aspects of flap reconstruction. Interested medical students are encouraged to pursue a senior elective rotation of at least two weeks with the plastic surgery division here at Washington University.
Barnes-Jewish Hospital is the main teaching hospital for the residency program. U.S. News and World Report consistently has included Barnes-Jewish on its Honor Roll among the nation's top hospitals. Barnes-Jewish is a state-of-the-art medical facility, with over 100 operating rooms running at capacity every day. Outpatient clinics and ambulatory procedures are conducted at the Center for Advanced Medicine, a patient-friendly facility that allows expedited care of ambulatory patients. A significant portion of the training also takes place at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, which is located on the Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University Medical Center campus.
The Plastic Surgery Residency Program is associated with Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The School of Medicine is one of the leading medical research, teaching and patient care institutions in the nation, currently ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. Approximately 1,200 Washington University faculty members practice at either Barnes-Jewish Hospital or St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The most recent editions of America's Top Doctors and The Best Doctors in America selected more than 90 and over 370 Washington University faculty members, respectively, as leading doctors, including six faculty members in the Division of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Please take a moment to review the attached “Application Process” link, which provides more information regarding the program.
Keith E. Brandt, MD
William G. Hamm Professor of Surgery and Program Director