Curriculum - Integrated Rotations

Penn Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency

PGY 1 PGY 2 PGY 3 PGY 4 PGY 5 PGY 6
PS CHOP Anesthesia PS HUP PS PAH PS HUP PS HUP Chief
PS CHOP OMFS PS HUP PS PAH PS HUP PS HUP Chief
PS HUP VAPS PS HUP PS PAH PS HUP PS HUP Chief
PS HUP VAPS PS HUP PS HUP HAND PS CHOP
PS PPMC HAND VAPS Ortho Hand HAND PS CHOP
GI Surg HAND VAPS Ortho Hand Elective PS HUP
Transplant PS CHOP PS HUP Burn PS MLH Flex
VAC/Trauma PS CHOP PS HUP PS HUP PS MLH Flex
ESS PS HUP HAND PS HUP PS MLH HAND
Vascular EDDF HAND PS PPMC Ortho Hand PS PAH
VP NF BREAST Oculoplastics PS PPMC Mohs PS PAH
SICU CT SICU ENT PS PPMC PS CHOP PS PAH

PS CHOP Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania
PS HUP Adult Plastic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
PS MLH Community Plastic Surgery at Main Line Health
PS PAH Community Plastic Surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital
PS PPMC Community Plastic Surgery at Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
  Plastic Surgery Related Specialties
  General Surgery Rotations

PGY1

The first year of residency, internship, is designed to provide a broad learning base throughout a wide range of surgical specialties. Still, these rotations have been hand selected by senior residents as those that were the most beneficial to their long-term education as plastic surgeons.

PGY2

The second year of residency is designed to build on internship, with progressive responsibility. It is during this time that residents rotate through the ICU and learn how to manage critically ill patients as well as triage patients while managing busy consult services. Residents are also exposed to greater breadth and responsibility within plastic surgery and related fields, including rotations on anesthesia and OMFS.

PGY3

The third year of residency is designed to further the knowledge and skills of the junior resident. Time spent on general surgery often includes chief responsibilities and significant operative volume. Similar to the second year, six months are spent within plastic surgery and related fields, with rotations in ENT and oculoplastics.

PGY4

The fourth year of residency is the beginning of the full-time immersion in plastic surgery. On the busy University Hospital service, the fourth-year resident is primarily responsible for the consult service and learns to evaluate a wide variety of adult plastic surgical problems. Highlights of the year include exposure to community plastic surgery at Pennsylvania Hospital in a preceptorship with Dr. Louis Bucky and at Main Line Health with exposure to state of art cosmetic surgery. A two-month block is devoted to hand surgery on the orthopedic service and one month each for dermatologic surgery and burn surgery.

PGY5

The fifth year of residency is dominated by six months on the University Hospital adult plastic surgery service performing a high volume of complex reconstructive surgery including dozens of microsurgical free flaps as the primary surgeon. A two-month preceptorship on hand surgery provides broad exposure to both routine and complex hand reconstruction with unparalleled exposure to pediatric hand surgery. A return to the community plastic surgery practices allows for increased responsibility and refinement of skills in cosmetic and general reconstructive surgery.

PGY6

The sixth year resident runs the pediatric plastic surgery service at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the premier pediatric hospital in the country. Our faculty is nationally renowned for craniofacial, cleft and congenital hand surgery. Pediatric microvascular surgery and facial reanimation are other areas of particular expertise. In addition, each sixth year resident serves as the Executive Chief Resident for four months and runs the resident cosmetic clinic where they independently evaluate candidates for cosmetic surgery and schedule them for cosmetic surgery at a reduced rate, all under the guidance of the faculty. This serves as an invaluable bridge to independent practice upon graduation. Finally, another two months are spent honing skills in hand surgery.