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Our Program

Our clinical case mix will provide residents with ample opportunity to train in all aspects of our specialty, with the exception of burn care (residents are provided with a formal rotation at USC/LAC Burn Center).

Plastic surgery opportunities include:

  • Congenital defects of the head and neck
  • Neoplasms of the head and neck
  • Craniomaxillofacial trauma
  • Cosmetic surgery of the head and neck, trunk and extremities
  • Plastic surgery of the breast
  • Surgery of the hand/upper extremities
  • Plastic surgery of the lower extremity
  • Plastic surgery of the congenital and acquired defects of the trunk and genitalia
  • Microsurgery
  • General reconstruction by tissue transfer, including flaps and grafts
  • Surgery of benign and malignant lesions of the skin and soft tissue

Our goal is to graduate residents who:

  • Are well versed in all general aspects of our specialty, such that they are competent to either enter practice or to proceed to fellowship training if they desire subspecialty experience in plastic surgery
  • Can fully function in a changing health care environment
  • Are able to cope with the complications of surgery and are well versed in risk management
  • Are familiar with ethical and appropriate coding and billing practices
  • Are prepared to contribute nationally to our specialty by educating them in the importance of collaborative clinical research
  • Will serve as educators of patients, students and colleagues
  • Can critically review the literature and use this information to practice "best evidence-based medicine"
  • Will be ambassadors for plastic surgery

Resident assignment for overseas opportunities

Residents are encouraged to participate in a one- to two-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). A 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 five cases are congenital anomalies of the upper extremities. 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. Each of the past five residents have taken advantage of this experience. Those who choose not to participate in an overseas trip still have a tremendous opportunity to gain vast experience through our Craniofacial Clinic Program at DHMC (directed by Dr. Joseph H. Shin).


In addition to the facilities of Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital, the ambulatory facilities of our section encompass 2616 square feet of office and treatment room space. This space accommodates our resident's office, our library, and our conference room. A plastic surgery minor OR suite is also incorporated into this space, used for outpatient procedures performed under local anesthesia and oral sedation.

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