Penn has been at the forefront of plastic surgery resident education and was one of the first programs in the nation to accept medical students for plastic surgery training. We now have two different paths in our training program. The integrated residency is a six-year program with two positions annually for graduating medical students. The independent residency is a three-year program with one position annually for graduates of another approved surgical residency training program (general surgery, ENT, orthopedics or neurosurgery). The goal of residency training at Penn is to provide comprehensive training in plastic surgery with a high clinical volume to prepare our graduates to succeed in either academic or private practice. Residents of both programs complete all of their training under the guidance of the plastic surgery program director, Dr. Benjamin Chang. Although Penn also has fellowships in craniofacial surgery and microsurgery, priority is given to resident education. The fellows augment the residency program by teaching residents, sharing emergency call, and offloading cases in areas with an overabundance of cases.
We are proud to say that at our last evaluation by the Residency Review Committee (RRC) in the summer of 2012, our program was accredited for 5 years without any citations.