Independent Residency Program Overview and Curriculum

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Independent Residency Program Overview and Curriculum

Thomas J. Gampper, M.D., F.A.C.S. - Program Director

We accept one resident per year for our three-year accredited independent plastic surgery training program. The Department of Plastic Surgery considers all applicants to the independent residency who (a) will have completed five years of training in an accredited general surgery program or (b) will have completed training in an accredited surgical subspecialty program. The independent residency participates in the San Francisco Matching Program. Please contact their office for registration materials.

Application deadline for the Independent Residency Program will be November 1, 2014.

The successful candidate will begin residency July 1, 2016.

Interview dates will be Saturday, January 31, 2015 and Saturday, February 21, 2015.

A pre-Interview reception will be held the night prior to the interview date.

For questions regarding the independent residency program, please contact:

Freda McClung, Program Coordinator
(434) 924-1234

fm3s@virginia.edu

Curriculum

The University of Virginia independent plastic surgery residency program is three years in-length and designed to provide a broad education in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery. All residents on the Plastic Surgery service participate in the complete spectrum of cases as prescribed by the Residency Review Committee. These include congenital anomalies, maxillofacial trauma, hand and microsurgery, head and neck cancer, aesthetic surgery, thermal injury, and general reconstructive surgery. Our training model is that of an apprenticeship: during each rotation, each resident is assigned to one attending and participates in all patient care within that attending’s scope of practice. Residents participate in the preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative management of each patient and are encouraged to formulate and execute treatment plans as they progress in training. A separate Chief Resident's Clinic is maintained to allow for this independent growth.

Example Independent Resident Schedule

PGY 6 PGY 7 PGY 8

Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

Aesthetic and Craniofacial

Breast and Craniofacial

Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

Aesthetic and Craniofacial

Breast and Craniofacial

Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

Aesthetic and Craniofacial

Breast and Craniofacial

Aesthetic and Craniofacial*

Aesthetic and Craniofacial

Breast and Craniofacial

Aesthetic and Craniofacial*

Aesthetic and Craniofacial

Breast and Craniofacial

Aesthetic and Craniofacial*

Aesthetic and Craniofacial

Breast and Craniofacial

General Plastic Surgery*

Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

Aesthetic and Hand Surgery

General Plastic Surgery*

Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

Aesthetic and Hand Surgery

General Plastic Surgery*

Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

Aesthetic and Hand Surgery

Aesthetic and Hand Surgery

Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

Aesthetic and Hand Surgery

Aesthetic and Hand Surgery

Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

Aesthetic and Hand Surgery

Aesthetic and Hand Surgery

Hand and Reconstructive Surgery

Aesthetic and Hand Surgery

*During these months the resident will also spend time rotating with dermatology / Mohs surgery, orthopaedic hand surgery, and occuloplastic surgery

Conferences and Education

The Department holds educational conferences on Monday afternoon and Wednesday morning at which all residents and attendings are present. During this time, the core curriculum is discussed, fractures and interesting cases are reviewed, and a quarterly mortality and morbidity conference is held. Additionally, one Wednesday each month is dedicated to the discussion of hand surgery topics, held jointly  by the departments of orthopaedic surgery and plastic surgery.

Both clinical and basic science research is strongly encouraged during the resident's tenure. The department has a full-time adipose stem cell and tissue engineering laboratory, an active wound healing research laboratory as well as a full-time microsurgical laboratory which are available for training and research projects. The department provides full funding for all research projects accepted for presentation at  regional or national conferences.

During the PGY-4 year in the integrated program and the PGY-6 year in the independent program, residents travel to attend the ASMS Basic Craniomaxillofacial Trauma Course.  During the PGY-5 year in the integrated program and the PGY-7 year in the independent program, residents travel to attend the Duke University Flap Course.  During the chief year, the program provides support for residents to attend the American Association of Plastic Surgeons annual meeting.

The Department hosts several internationally and nationally-known plastic surgeons as visiting professors each year:

Claude C. Coleman, Jr. and Sr. Lectureship in Craniofacial Surgery

Each year since 1992, a renowned craniofacial surgeon is invited to the University of Virginia to present lectures to the Department of Plastic Surgery highlighting new advances in craniofacial surgery. Surgeons who have held this lectureship in recent years include Mimis Cohen, M.D., John A. Persing, M.D., Henry Kawamoto, M.D., Kenneth Salyer, M.D., Paul Manson, M.D., and Steven R. Buchman, M.D. among others.

Morgan-McCue Visiting Professor

Inaugurated in 2009, the Morgan-McCue Visiting Professorship brings an outstanding hand surgeon to the Medical Center for two lectures. Since its inception, W.P. Andrew Lee, M.D., David Green, M.D., and Peter J. Stern, M.D have held this lectureship.

Thomas Jefferson Visiting Professor

Several times during the past decade, distinguished medical doctors have been invited to visit the University of Virginia.