All residents on the Plastic Surgery Service are required to attend the plastic surgery Teaching Conferences, which are held every Monday morning. Full-time and voluntary attendings, and outside speakers are invited to lecture on topics covering the basic core curriculum in plastic surgery: reconstructive-face; aesthetic-face; congenital/pediatric cleft; aesthetic-breast; and hand surgery. Residents rotating to different services, affiliated hospitals and campuses are also required to participate in all seminars, lectures and conferences conducted by that service.
A wide variety of clinical plastic surgery problems including pre-operative, intra-operative, and post-operative cases, as well as faculty lectures in both surgical and basic science topics, are discussed at our weekly didactic conference in order to prepare the residents for the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) In-Service Examination. To further prepare the residents for the exams, they are required to take the annual PSEF written in-service exam and experience an elaborate annual mock oral exam.
Journal Club is held on the first Monday of the month from September to June. Selected articles from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal are assigned to the residents and critical discussions are held. Learn more about our journals: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Annals of Plastic Surgery.
The QA conferences are held every second Monday of the month to evaluate performance and outcomes.
The Division of Plastic Surgery actively invites distinguished surgeons as Visiting Professors. During their visits, each Visiting Professor has a chance to interact with the residents. Where possible, workshops such as cadaver workshops, are a part of the agenda to further gain insight into the Visiting Professor's area of expertise.
All residents are encouraged to attend any locally held plastic surgery meetings or meetings sponsored by other sub-specialties applicable to plastic surgery in the tri-state area.
Chief residents are sent to one plastic surgery meeting during their sixth year.
The Department of Surgery sponsors the annual Masters of Surgery Visiting Professor Series and all residents and attendings are required to attend these lectures.