Our current conference schedule includes all topics required by the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery Curriculum Guide. This is a 2-3 year curriculum. Conferences are typically held in the morning before operative cases.
Hand Conference (every 2nd and 4th Wednesday): Faculty and hand fellows discuss specific topics assigned by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or specific cases encountered in the Emergency Department, clinic, or operating room.
Trauma Conference (every 1st and 3rd and 5th Wednesday): Faculty and residents present cases from preceding weeks and discuss initial management of the injury, review radiologic findings, and discuss operative management and ongoing patient care challenges for each case.
Core Curriculum (every Wednesday): Questions from the ACAPS CoreQuest curriculum are assigned to each resident. These questions are reviewed and discussed with a faculty member who is an expert in the weekly topic. This is currently a 2-year curriculum. We also have “unknown sessions” with faculty presenting oral board style questions.
Grand Rounds (every Wednesday): Medical professionals from our own division and other related specialties discuss topics related to the practice of plastic surgery.
Cleft/Craniofacial Conference (every Friday): This is a multidisciplinary conference for residents on the St. Louis Children’s Hospital rotation. This is an interactive teaching conference by a faculty member followed by a comprehensive review of patients seen in our multidisciplinary team clinic. Residents will be exposed to all aspects of cleft and craniofacial care including surgical management, psychology, speech pathology, audiology, and pediatric orthodontics and dentistry.
M&M (six times per year during Grand Rounds): The division conducts a traditional Morbidity & Mortality Conference reviewing critical cases. We also incorporate cases of high educational interest.
Journal Club (monthly): An assigned resident and faculty member choose journal articles from PRS and other monthly journals. All residents are encouraged to attend this conference. Residents will review the papers and critically analyze its structure and scientific merit. These journal clubs are often sponsored by the department or medical representative and are held outside the hospital.
Special lectures: Two to three times per year, the division hosts a visiting professor who is a leader and expert in his/her field. The professor spends an afternoon and the following morning giving lectures, moderating discussions and reviewing challenging cases with the residents and faculty.
Cadaver labs: Faculty arrange a number of educational opportunities at a local anatomy and surgical education center. These are led by a faculty member and include training on plating techniques, operative approaches, and detailed dissections of pertinent anatomy.
Microsurgical training: At the beginning of the 4th year of training, a faculty member will accompany residents individually to the laboratory where they are given an introductory course in microsurgery technique. The laboratory, which includes a state-of-the-art operating microscope, microsurgical instruments, suture and simulated vein material as well as blood vessels from laboratory rats, is available for resident use.
Nerve surgery training: We have an extensive website to train plastic surgeons here as well as all over the world in all aspects of peripheral nerve surgery. The residents reference this site very frequently in training.
Mock Oral Boards: Residents in years 4-6 participate in a mock oral board session with faculty twice per year. It very closely replicates the oral board experience, and residents have found it very useful.
Filler/Botox clinic: Twice a year, residents are given the opportunity to evaluate patients for non-surgical facial rejuvenation, discuss the plan with attending physicians, and implement this plan on volunteer patients. Supplies are provided by company representatives. This provides a protected setting in which to learn and use these techniques for residents of all levels.