Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency

Our six-year residency program, offering training in all aspects of reconstruction, teaches the next generation of plastic surgeons to put the body back together and help patients feel whole. This program prepares trainees by teaching the surgical skills required for complex cancer or trauma reconstruction, while also emphasizing research and leadership skills.

residents and surgeon in operating room

You’ll Be Among the Best

As a resident, you will join a cohort of more than 1,400 residents within the Washington University School of Medicine. Your peers and world-renowned faculty will stand behind you as you hone your skills and complete the plastic surgery residency track. Training takes place at nationally ranked top hospitals – Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Christian Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

A Robust Clinical Experience

Your education will include one year of general surgery and five years of plastic surgery training in breast, craniofacial, head/neck trauma, hand, microsurgery, cosmetics and peripheral nerve surgery. You also will participate in oculoplastics, surgical dermatology, orthopedic trauma and anesthesia subspecialty rotations.

doctors training in hospital setting.

“Residents and fellows come from around the world to train here. There’s great opportunity here to learn from the world’s most innovative surgeons, develop skills in a subspecialty of your choosing and prepare for a career as a top surgeon in your field.”

Justin M. Sacks, MD, MBA, FACS | Division Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Shoenberg Professor

Program Director

Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD
Program Director

Welcome from Our Residency Director

The Plastic Surgery Residency is a program with complete, in-depth, didactic presentations and an extensive, rigorous clinical experience. We emphasize the importance of clinical training, education, research, and innovation.


surgeons and residents in operating room.

Well-Rounded Learning

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. We also incorporate the innovative curriculum from ASPS (EdNet).

Clinical Training

residents practicing a procedure.

Experiential Training

We are dedicated to educating the next generation of surgeons to become exceptional clinicians. Our residents have a rich, diverse, and high-volume operative experience, preparing them well for the fellowship or practice of their choosing.

How to Apply

The Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program at Washington University School of Medicine is an ACGME*-accredited pathway into plastic surgery in which a medical student matches directly from medical school into a six-year plastic surgery training program

All six years of training are under the direction of Alison Snyder-Warwick, MD, the plastic surgery residency program director and residency program assistant director Kelly Curie, MD. We match residents with mentors through the National Resident Match Program.

Application Systems

To apply for the Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency program at Washington University School of Medicine, you will need to submit two applications. Applicants are required to apply through both systems to be considered for an interview:


Candidates must complete the following before the start of their residency:

  • MD or DO degree from an institution accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA)
  • Graduates of a school of medicine located in a country other than the United States or Canada must present evidence of final certification by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)

International Candidates

We offer Visa sponsorship to international residents accepted into the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency.

Graduates of a school of medicine located in a country other than the United States or Canada must present evidence of final certification by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

Learn More

Explore our residency program with our resources below.

More Questions

For more information about the residency program, contact Emily Stroisch. | 314- 362-8028.

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