Integrated Residency Program Overview and Curriculum
Jonathan S. Black, MD| Acting Program Director
1996 marked the inception of the integrated plastic surgery residency training program at the University of Virginia. Two residents are accepted each year. This program is truly integrated; each rotation during the first three years is selected in order to provide the best possible foundation on which to build an education in plastic surgery. The Department of Plastic Surgery considers all applicants to its integrated program and participates with ERAS and the National Resident Matching Program. No additional documents are required beyond those specified in ERAS; please submit a minimum of three letters of reference.
For questions regarding the integrated residency program, please contact :
Carla Cooks, Program Coordinator
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 Joseph Losee, M.D., 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., Peter J. Stern, M.D, and James P. Higgins, 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.