The Department of Plastic Surgery offers a six-year integrated program. It is a fully integrated 6 year plastic surgery residency that focuses on general surgery during the intern year and rapidly transitions the majority of the program to plastic surgery beginning in the second year of training.
The intern year of the integrated program is designed to provide balanced exposure to the broad range of medical specialties, including anesthesia, burn, critical care medicine, vascular and transplant surgery, thoracic surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedics surgery, otolaryngology, pediatric surgery, urology and trauma management.
Plastic Surgery Residency Rotations
The plastic surgery rotations in the first three years will focus on wound care, flaps, grafts, microsurgery, breast and aesthetic surgery, as well as cranio-maxillofacial and dental curriculum. The second three years of study include rotations at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the Children's National Medical Center.
The MedStar Georgetown rotation is rich in cranio-maxillofacial surgery, surgery of cleft lip and palate, microvascular and flap surgery, and reconstructive and cosmetic surgery.
At MedStar Union Memorial Hospital, the resident will have broad exposure to plastic surgery of the hand and upper extremities, particularly surgery of traumatic hand and acquired hand problems.
The Sibley Memorial Hospital rotation is particularly rich in aesthetic surgery of the head and neck, breast, trunk and extremities.
At the Children's National Medical Center residents perform reconstructive surgery to repair congenital anomalies, deformities of the feet and hands, and external wounds including burns, among other procedures.
In the sixth and final year, the resident functions as chief at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and MedStar Washington Hospital Center. At MedStar Georgetown, the resident will perform complex operations in the areas of craniomaxillofacial surgery, micro and flap surgery, breast surgery and cosmetic surgery. During the sixth year, while at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and MedStar Washington Hospital Center, the chief resident has substantial independence in managing patients with facial trauma, soft-tissue tumors, microsurgical reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, lower extremity salvage, reconstruction of the chest wall, and burn wound management and reconstruction.