While the initial years of training are crucial in building the surgical knowledge foundation, it is also important to begin plastic surgery training concurrently.

  • PGY1-2: The first two years of training include three to six months of plastic surgery, three months of subspecialties (anesthesia, orthopedic trauma, oral-maxillofacial surgery), and 15 to 18 months of general surgery rotations that provide a solid basis for surgical technique and patient management.
  • PGY3: The third year of surgical training is primarily plastic surgery rotations during which residents will learn to manage emergency room consults, develop perioperative plans, and gain surgical skills specific to the practice of plastic surgery. They also complete two other subspecialties: oculoplastics and surgical dermatology.
  • PGY4-6: The final three 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, cosmetic surgery, craniofacial surgery and all aspects of flap reconstruction. Our training paradigm is an apprenticeship approach. Residents spend 1 to 3 1/2 months on each rotation. On most rotations, residents are assigned to two attending physicians with a similar focus. These include breast and body reconstruction, advanced microsurgical reconstruction, hand surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, and a rotation at an affiliated community hospital that includes training in aesthetics and cosmetic surgery. See peripheral nerve and cosmetic surgery websites.
  • Chief resident years: Residents will rotate through three resident-run clinics: hand surgery, reconstructive surgery and cosmetic surgery. Although these clinics are overseen by faculty, residents are responsible for preoperative planning, operative management and postoperative follow-up. An independent practitioner presentation at Grand Rounds is part of the ward hand and ward reconstructive rotations.

Each year, beginning as a PGY1, residents are required to take a written in-service examination. PGY4-6 residents will participate in annual mock-oral examinations followed by an in-depth evaluation with division faculty.

Our residents have a rich and diverse operative experience, preparing them well for the fellowship or practice of their choosing.