Following the Three Year General Surgery Training
The strength of the residency is, we believe, its balance. During the first two years rotations include four at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Two of these
are on the plastic surgery service and two are on the hand service. Also, there are rotations at Bryn Mawr Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital and Crozer Chester Medical Center.
In the third year of plastic surgery training, the resident
will spend six months at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and six months at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as chief residents. Generally the residency has been cited for exceptional strengths in pediatric plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, aesthetic surgery, and general reconstructive surgery. With the increasing trend in recent years, approximately two thirds of finishing residents have taken fellowships, in microsurgery, hand or craniofacial surgery.
Acceptance to the independent coordinated residency means that one is identified as being a member of the Division of Plastic Surgery for the entire six years of training. There are two such positions. The Independent Coordinated Plastic Surgery Resident spends 3 years in General Surgery training, these two positions are prized spots. We in the Division of Plastic Surgery, focus considerable attention upon the interview process. It is for only the most outstanding individuals. We attempt to provide rotations on services that will give the individual a better background for plastic surgery during the three years of general surgery training, feeling that a superior educational experience is achieved in a shorter period of time by the exceptional applicant who can then focus an additional year of training at the fellowship level, or in research if that individual desires. Completion of the program is contingent on maintaining high standards of performance and the resident is reviewed annually to be certain that he or she meets the demands of this special spot.