Program Introduction for Interviewing Plastic Surgery Residents

Welcome to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

We have everything that you would expect a major academic center to have, from inpatient wards, outpatient clinics, to a cardiac Cath lab. Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center is a beautiful institution and provides a welcoming collegial atmosphere.

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Program information

At Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, we seek to train future plastic surgeons who are ethical and compassionate, and dedicated to the care of patients, as well as advancement of medical knowledge and science in the field of plastic surgery. Our small program, located in the beautiful Upper Valley, offers opportunities for residents to work closely with faculty, in and out of the operating room. Our clinical case mix will provide residents with ample opportunity to train in all aspects of our specialty. Plastic surgery opportunities include:

  • Burn (residents are provided with a formal rotation at Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Burn Center)
  • Congenital defects of the head and neck
  • Cosmetic surgery of the head and neck, trunk, and extremities
  • Craniomaxillofacial trauma
  • General reconstruction by tissue transfer, including flaps and grafts
  • Microsurgery
  • Neoplasms of the head and neck
  • Plastic surgery of the breast
  • Plastic surgery of the congenital and acquired defects of the trunk and genitalia
  • Plastic surgery of the lower extremity
  • Surgery of benign and malignant lesions of the skin and soft tissue
  • Surgery of the hand/upper extremities


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Rotation schedule

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Working at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

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Research and program opportunities

Residents have ample opportunity for clinical research during their training program. The faculty have a diverse number of projects available for the residents to engage in. The residents also are encouraged to pursue areas of particular interest to them and to develop projects, with faculty support to complete during their training program.

Current residents

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Leadership Preventive Medicine Residency (LPMR)

  • Builds on The Dartmouth Institute (TDI)'s strengths in outcomes research, improvement, population health and institutional commitment to quality, safety, and value
  • MPH degree from TDI – tuition paid by program!
  • Opportunity to lead change and improvement at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Two-month governmental public health experience
  • Dedicated faculty coach; teaching opportunities; unique multi-specialty resident, fellow, and faculty group
  • May incorporate research in 1 year of program (3 + 1)
    • continue clinical work
    • moonlighting allowed
  • Graduates are in demand and employers are very interested in their mix of clinical skills plus improvement and change knowledge and experience
  • Visit the LPMR web page, email or contact an alum to learn more!

Electives and global health opportunities

Residents are encouraged to participate in a 1 to 2 week elective assignment outside the United States under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Rosen. These assignments are coordinated through private organizations and have recently included trips to the Dominican Republic and Vietnam. During such assignments, the residents are primarily involved in pediatric plastic surgery, including congenital cleft/craniofacial deformities as well as congenital anomalies of the hand (e.g., syndactyly, polydactyly).

Substantial exposure to the management of burn scar contractures is also provided. Residents are involved in all aspects of preoperative evaluation, intraoperative management, and early postoperative care. Residents are directly involved in approximately 30 cases during a typical trip. Of these, typically 20 cases are congenital cleft deformities and 5 cases are congenital anomalies of the upper extremities.

The remaining cases consist largely of burn contracture releases. Some form of continuity of care for this experience is made possible through an Internet-based telemedicine system. The opportunity to participate on an overseas mission is fully optional.

Patient Safety Training Center

Orientation, simulation & skills labs

We have a Patient Safety Training Center, also known as the "Sim Center."

There are skills labs, including suturing, laparoscopic and robotics training. The department participates in simulation and also has annual anatomic dissection at the cadaver lab at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Match communication code of conduct

We follow the National Resident Matching Program guidelines for the Match process. We will not contact you but are happy to hear from you and to answer questions you may have that are not answered during the application and interview process.

Contact us

Phone: 603-650-4521 (Program Coordinator) (Program Director)

Life in the Upper Valley

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The Upper Connecticut River Valley area of central New Hampshire and Vermont includes the towns of Hanover and Lebanon, New Hampshire. Known as "The Upper Valley," this region attracts people from around the world for its scenic beauty.

The Upper Valley area offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities for people of all ages.

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