Plastic Surgery

Didactic Component

The resident begins the didactic component with an extensive orientation program. Policies are outlined. Lectures given by all the faculty encompass both basic science and clinical care (see attached). In addition, there are the regular, ongoing didactic sessions. Residents in the PGY-1 and 2 levels attend conferences which are service-specific, as well as Surgery Grand rounds (Wednesday AM), Surgery M & M (Wednesday PM) and the Saturday Medicine two year Basic Science Curriculum.

The following teaching rounds and conferences are held each week. PGY-1 and 2 residents attend these when on plastic surgery rotations. The didactic component covers all aspects of plastic surgery in a 3-year curriculum.

Shrine Reconstructive RoundsWeekly
Plastic Surgery Grand RoundsWeekly
Cleft Palate ConferenceWeekly
Burn Reconstructive ConferenceWeekly
Indications ConferenceBi-Weekly
Journal ClubBi-Weekly
Hands-on Workshops (varied topics)Weekly
Video ConferenceBi-Weekly
Plastic ENT Oral SurgeryMonthly
Hand ConferenceWeekly
Competency Case PresentationsQuarterly

The basic sciences are stressed as part of the new Wound Healing Center concept. Each of the Wednesday Grand Round Conferences includes Basic Science of the subject being discussed. During the four-month laboratory rotation there is an intensive basic Science Course attended by the resident. This includes a computer and statistics course as well as a methodology course in microbiology, immunology, histology, electron microscopy, and wound healing. These subjects are very much a part of the weekly Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds discussion. Dr. Huang, a part-time faculty member in private practice, attends these conferences and supervises this teaching.

In addition, conference attendance is documented and is mandatory. The conferences are given by both residents and faculty, with twice yearly resident research reports. Faculty serves as references for resident presentations, which are emphasized. Visiting faculty from our own or other institutions are invited frequently.