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The three-year Plastic Surgery Residency at Mayo Clinic in Arizona provides training in all aspects of this surgical specialty, including:

  • Acute soft tissue and maxillofacial trauma
  • Burns
  • Cleft lip, cleft palate and other congenital anomalies
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • General reconstructive surgery
  • Hand surgery
  • Laser surgery
  • Major craniofacial and maxillofacial deformities
  • Major tumors of the head and neck, including the skull base and intracranial areas
  • Microsurgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Oral surgery
  • Orthopedic trauma
  • Ear, nose and throat, and head and neck surgery
  • Oculoplastic surgery


Rotations occur at:

  • Mayo Clinic in Arizona (Phoenix)
  • St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center (Phoenix)
  • Maricopa Medical Center (Phoenix)
  • Paradise Valley Cosmetic Surgery Center (Paradise Valley, Ariz.)
  • Scottsdale Healthcare (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
  • Mayo Clinic in Minnesota (Rochester, Minn.)
  • Phoenix Children's Hospital (Phoenix)

Didactic training

Clinical conferences, seminars, small discussion groups, a journal club and one-on-one instruction are integral parts of the Plastic Surgery Residency. All residents and faculty are required to attend Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds, the plastic surgery research meeting, the morbidity and mortality conference, journal club, and the surgical indications conference.

Research training

Mayo Clinic offers outstanding opportunities for you to conduct basic scientific or clinical research. Scholarly activity is recognized as an integral part of the residency for the faculty and residents.

A Plastic Surgery Research Conference currently meets every other month. Plastic surgery residents are required to attend this conference, which facilitates the process and development of clinical research, primarily as a collaborative effort between the faculty and residents. Potential research projects are discussed, and current research progress reports are prepared. The fundamentals of generating research, including statistics, ethical principles, and the preparation of presentations and manuscripts, are reviewed with the faculty and residents.

Each resident is expected to participate in at least one research project annually with a faculty mentor, leading to a peer-reviewed publication. Oral presentations at local, national or international meetings are encouraged, with time away from the practice provided in accordance with Mayo Clinic policy.

Call frequency

Your call schedule varies by rotation. Mayo Clinic follows the schedule recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop your technical skills, your performance is monitored carefully during the course of your training. You are evaluated formally by your supervising faculty member after each clinical rotation. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure that your educational needs are being met.

  • April 10, 2014
  • ART485110