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Curriculum - Plastic Surgery at MedStar Georgetown

Didactic Curriculum

The Integrated Training Program in Plastic Surgery has a formal didactic program that is planned on a three-year repeating curriculum. The residents participate in a weekly three-hour session each Thursday morning from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. During this time the residents are protected from most other clinical and educational activities.

This three-hour session is broken up into three sections, dedicating each hour to a variety of topics. There are approximately 125 topics over the three-year repeating curriculum, which covers a wide range of plastic surgery and related subjects.

The basic sciences are covered in the didactic sessions, including lectures on pathology, pharmacology, anesthesia, anatomy, embryology, etc. A faculty member or a designated resident who is presenting the topic to the assembled group usually manages these sessions. Additionally, time is set aside during conferences for Journal Club, Quality Assurance and Art Class.

On a less frequent basis, residents review for tests, including the Inservice Exam, examine the art of finding a job after residency and learn other life lessons such as managing a private practice and finances.

Thursday morning conference format (all times are AM)

4 Week Month 5 Week Month
Week 1 Week 1
7:00 - 8:00 Lecture 7:00 - 8:00 Lecture
8:00 - 9:00 QI 8:00 - 9:00 QI
9:00 - 10:00 Spear Problem Cases 9:00 - 10:00 Spear Problem Cases
Week 2 Week 2
7:00 - 8:00 Problem Cases 7:00 - 8:00 Problem Cases
8:00 - 9:00 QI 8:00 - 9:00 QI
9:00 - 10:00 Lecture 9:00 - 10:00 Lecture
Week 3 Week 3
7:00 - 8:00 Journal Club 7:00 - 8:00 Journal Club
8:00 - 9:00 Attinger Problem Cases 8:00 - 9:00 Attinger/ Ducic Problem Cases
9:00 - 10:00 Lecture 9:00 - 10:00 Lecture
Week 4 Week 4
7:00 - 8:00 Journal Club 7:00 - 8:00 Journal Club
8:00 - 9:00 Baker Problem Cases 8:00 - 9:00 Baker Problem Cases
9:00 - 10:00 Lecture 9:00 - 10:00 Lecture

Week 5

7:00 - 9:00 Mock Oral Boards