Frequently Asked Questions
What is the call schedule?
The plastic surgery residents take first call for Plastic Surgery consults. Maxillofacial trauma call is shared 50% with ENT. Hand Surgery call is covered by Plastic Surgery 50 percent of the time with Orthopedics providing the other 50 percent of the coverage. Call is taken from home and shared equally between the three plastic surgery residents.
What are the opportunities for research?
Residents have ample opportunity for clinical research during their training program. The faculty have 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. The RRC requires academic productivity on an annual basis of all residents in plastic surgery training. This requirement is easily met in our program.
Is the program in the match?
Yes, this season we are recruiting for both the integrated and the independent pathways. We are registered with the NRMP Main Residency Match for a PGY1 position in our integrated program, with an appointment date of June 2018. We are also registered with the San Francisco Match for a PGY6 position in our independent program, with an appointment date in July of 2019. Additional details, like program ID numbers and interview dates, can be found on the How to Apply page.
Are there any anticipated changes in the program in the next few years?
We have just received initial accreditation from the ACGME for an integrated plastic surgery track. To fill out our resident complement, we will participating in both the NRMP and San Francisco matches in the Fall of 2017 to fill a PGY1 integrated slot for June 2018 and a PGY6 independent slot for July 2019. We will resume our previous recruitment model of alternating between the training pathways every other year by participating in only the SF Match in the fall of 2018 and the NRMP in the fall of 2019. For more information, please reach out to the Program Coordinator.
Is the Integrated program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock completely new?
Our Integrated program is technically new, as it required a new program application with ACGME. The new 6 year integrated program is replacing our previous "combined/coordinated 3+3" independent training track, which is no longer accepted by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Previously, medical students applied to our program and were required to also rank the General Surgery program where they spent their first three years of training, before starting as a PGY4 with plastic surgery. With the integrated model, matched applicants will be considered a plastic surgery resident as a PGY1, and will participate in rotations on the plastic surgery service early on, in addition to experiences on general surgery, trauma, vascular surgery, otolaryngology, etc.
What have prior graduates of the program done in terms of fellowships, boards and practice type?
To date, there have been 28 graduates of the program. Half have gone on to pursue fellowships including microsurgery, hand, craniofacial, cosmetic and the Interplast Webster Fellowship with the remainder going directly into either academic or private practice. Our graduates have been successful in their written and oral boards.
What is the volume of surgical cases done by the residents and how does it compare to national data?
The emphasis in our program is to graduate a balanced plastic surgeon competent in all aspects of the specialty. Our training program offers ample case volume for trainees to easily meet and exceed all minimum requirements defined by the Residency Review Committee.
Is the entire program held at DHMC?
In general, the majority of the experience is at Dartmouth-Hitchcock. The integrated residents will have several rotations in the first three years with our staff surgeons who also go to the VA Medical Center.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock does not have a burn unit, so trainees do not get exposure to major burns. Some smaller burns are handled here and experience is gained in burn wound management as well as later reconstruction. To fulfill the burn requirements, a one-month rotation in acute and reconstructive burn surgery is held in Los Angeles, CA at USC-LAC.
At DHMC we have a broad based plastic surgery exposure including cosmetic surgery in an academic practice. Additionally, in order to provide the resident with exposure to both a dedicated cosmetic practice as well as a busy private practice plastic surgery group, the resident has rotations in Miami and Maine. These experiences are funded by the department.