The didactic program complements the residentís clinical experience in providing training in all aspects of Plastic Surgery. The core of the Plastic Surgery didactic program is the twice weekly educational conferences, which are held on Tuesday mornings at 7 AM and Thursday afternoons at 4:30 PM. It is required that all residents in their last three years of training attend these conferences. Schedules are developed on a 6 month basis. They are carefully constructed to assure that all basic areas in Plastic Surgery are covered during each residentís training experience. The schedule includes monthly Journal Clubs and Morbidity and Mortality conferences. Additional conferences focus on anatomic dissections of flaps and hand anatomy and pathology. Outside speakers share their expertise in a variety of different areas in other conferences.
The research laboratory includes fully equipped operating microscopes and serves as an excellent facility for the development of microsurgical skills. Several basic science and clinical projects are currently in progress within the Section. It is expected that each resident in the program will complete at least one project appropriate for publication and presentation during the course of their training.