Program description

The Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency at Mayo Clinic's campus in Phoenix/Scottsdale, Arizona, is open to medical school graduates interested in specializing in plastic surgery. The program is six years long and offers one position each year.

In the first two years, the program emphasizes broad training in all aspects of surgery. A total of seven months of the first two years are spent on plastic surgery services at the various hospitals in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Dedicated research rotations are built into the first three years of training to allow sufficient time to develop and produce quality research projects with the goal of peer-reviewed publications and presentations.

Advanced training in surgical anatomy is incorporated into the third year of training in conjunction with the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine anatomy lab. Residents serve as teaching assistants in the anatomy lab.

A month of neurosurgery at Barrow Neurological Institute, which is ranked as one of the best neurology and neurosurgery care centers in the United States, provides residents with exposure to the management of skull base tumors.

The plastic surgery resident spends time at the Arizona Burn Center (one of the busiest in the country) and with the otolaryngology surgeons at Mayo Clinic, who perform large volumes of head and neck reconstruction cases, making for a well-rounded, integrated curriculum that prepares trainees to become board-certified plastic surgeons.

The last four years of training in plastic surgery encompasses in-depth training in every aspect of the specialty, including aesthetic surgery, microsurgery, general reconstruction, complex pediatric and craniofacial surgery, and hand surgery.

Mayo's high faculty-to-resident ratio, large patient population, and state-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and research facilities combine to create a truly integrated, exceptional-quality educational experience. The "Mayo way" of graduate medical education ensures you have the finest teaching and the broadest patient care experience possible during a busy, hands-on residency program.

All rotations are selected by the program director and associate program director and are considered necessary for plastic surgery resident education. Rotations are selected to provide exposure to a diverse population of patients encompassing the full spectrum of patients and plastic surgery problems.

Graduates of our plastic surgery residency have entered academic practices at major university hospitals and private practice. All of our plastic surgery residents have passed their written board exams, and those eligible for the oral board examination have passed that portion as well. All graduates have exceeded the minimum Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education case log requirements for graduation in all of the index case categories.


The Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


When you successfully complete the Plastic Surgery Integrated Residency, you will be eligible to take the written examination offered by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Related residency

In addition to this Arizona-based integrated residency, Mayo Clinic offers a Minnesota-based integrated residency.

Visiting medical student information

Mayo Clinic's campus in Arizona has a plastic surgery clerkship available for medical students.

Nov. 21, 2016