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Residency

The section of plastic surgery conducts an accredited six-year integrated training program based at The University of Chicago Medicine. Two residents are accepted each year from the NRMP match among a pool of talented fourth-year medical students and matriculate as PGY 1 residents into the training program.

Rotations on the first three years focus on general surgical principles. Each plastic surgery resident is assigned to services across the disciplines and subspecialties to provide a well-rounded experience and knowledge of the full spectrum of surgery. Special emphasis for the first three years is placed on ablative surgery for all types of cancer, trauma surgery/critical care, minimally invasive surgery, endocrine, thoracic, cardiac and transplant surgery. Rotations to complement these disciplines are provided at several offsite institutions: Mt. Sinai Hospital and Cook County Hospital. On-call duties are typically limited to an average of two weekends per month while on service, as a night float rotation provides continuity of care.

Graduated exposure to plastic surgery is afforded to each resident in the first three years of residency culminating with the PGY 3 year spent as the chief of the burn unit, which is directed by faculty of the section of plastic surgery. Evaluations and mentoring is provided to each resident from the start of their training. Residents are encouraged to participate in all academic, educational and social events provided by the section.

The PGY 4 year is the beginning of the formal three years of dedicated training in plastic surgery. Residents are assigned and rotate through one of four services at the University of Chicago Medicine. Additionally, residents complete rotations offsite for experience in head/neck trauma as well as several private practices for experience in cosmetic surgery and management of a plastic surgery office.

Graduated responsibility and service management duties are given in PGY 5 and PGY 6, when the resident becomes administrative chief. Special emphasis of our training program is placed on complex clinical solving as well as analytical thought and investigation. To this end, rotations are built around an apprenticeship model so that each resident while on any given rotation will experience not only the pre-operative, intra-operative and post-operative management style of each faculty member but will also be exposed to their professionalism, systems-based practice methods and ethics.

For a detailed description of each service and their goals and objectives, please click here.

To view a representative rotation schedule, please click here.

For more information please contact Eve Kuzma at ekuzma@surgery.bsd.uchicago.edu or at 773-795-1240.

Applicants

For applicants applying to our integrated program, please see below for our required application materials:

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Personal statement
  • USMLE transcript
  • Medical school transcript
  • Dean's letter

Sublet Website-Away Rotations

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Research

All residents are encouraged to pursue clinical or basic investigation. Typically, each resident during the latter three years presents at regional and/or national meetings annually with at least one peer-reviewed publication per year. Two of our full-time faculty members run basic science laboratories and are successful in competing for intramural and extramural funding, including NIH and other governmental sources. Although protected time is currently not allotted to laboratory investigation, residents are encouraged to participate throughout their training. The proximity of the laboratories to the offices and surgical theater allows for this possibility.

Benefits

We provide health, basic life and long-term disability insurance policies. Residents are allowed one month paid vacation per year. During the first three years, these are to be taken as two week or one month blocks. For the latter three years, these are to be taken as one or two week blocks. Up to four weeks paid short-term medical leave (including pregnancy) is afforded to each resident. The ACGME 80-hour work week is strictly adhered to. For a detailed outline of the house staff contract please click here.

Philanthropy and Medical Missions

The hallmark of The University of Chicago section of plastic surgery is the foreign mission trips that faculty partake in every year. Residents in the latter two years of their training are invited to accompany the faculty, utilizing vacation time, to Puerto Rico, Honduras and/or the Dominican Republic. An emphasis on cleft and congenital surgery is provided as well as the experience of cultural enrichment imbuing a sense of moral purpose which plastic surgery has always held.