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Curriculum

Clinical Program

Mayo Clinic's three-year Plastic Surgery Residency Program provides training in all aspects of this surgical specialty, including:

  • Acute soft tissue and maxillofacial trauma
  • Anesthesia
  • Burn Management
  • Cleft lip, cleft palate and other congenital anomalies
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Dermatology/MOHs
  • ENT/Head and Neck 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
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Ortho Trauma
  • Otolaryngology Surgery
  • Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Rotation Schedule

Rotations occur in Rochester, Minn., at Mayo Clinic; Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys and Methodist campuses; and Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, Ariz. The cost of travel, housing, car rental and licensure fees for the rotation to Maricopa are covered by Mayo.

Didactic Training
Weekly teaching conferences, journal clubs, monthly patient management conference, cadaver dissections, case presentations, morbidity and mortality, craniofacial clinics, joint teaching rounds and one-on-one instruction are all an integral part of Mayo's Plastic Surgery Residency Program. During the rotation at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, residents attend weekly plastic surgery seminars via video conferencing.

Practice Examinations
Each year, residents take written in-service and mock oral examinations. These examinations are structured like the examinations conducted by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. The results of these examinations are reviewed with each resident individually and constructive advice is provided.

Teaching Opportunities
Residents in the Plastic Surgery Residency Program have the opportunity to teach Junior Residents in General Surgery, Mayo Medical School students and visiting students from other medical schools through bedside instruction and formal didactic lectures. The residents also will prepare and deliver formal presentations to the consulting staff, nurses and residents in other surgical disciplines.

Cardiac Life Support Certification
Certification in Basic Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) is required for all Mayo residents.

Research Training
Mayo Clinic Plastic Surgery Residents develop their microsurgical skills in a laboratory setting and in anatomic dissection during a focused, one-week course designed and instructed by the Plastic Surgeons and the Microsurgery Lab Staff. Residents are expected to complete a clinical research project and present the results at regional and/or national meeting, as well as prepare a manuscript for submission to a plastic surgery or other surgical journal. While there is the opportunity to perform basic research, it is not an expectation.

Call Frequency
Your call schedule will vary by rotation. Mayo Clinic follows the schedule recommendations of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical

Evaluation
To ensure that each resident has acquired adequate knowledge and developed technical skills, performance is monitored carefully during the course of your plastic surgery residency. The residents meet with the program director at least twice a year. These meetings assure that the residents receive continual personal assistance in achieving patient care, education and research goals.

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