Training Plan
The goal of the training plan is to provide the resident with core knowledge and experience necessary to graduate as a competent plastic surgeon and to prepare for successful examination by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.


Rotations allow residents to work closely and maintain an ongoing relationship with the teaching staff. On a monthly basis, each resident is assigned to one or more teaching staff members and is responsible primarily to that physician. Secondarily, they are responsible to the needs of the service at large.


During each rotation, residents are involved in both the operative and office experience of the physicians to whom they are assigned, allowing exposure to a variety of approaches and techniques in plastic surgery.


During the first year of residency, each resident rotates at specific hospitals:


  • Two months through the Division of Plastic Surgery at Memorial Hermann Hospital, the primary teaching hospital of the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. At Memorial Hermann, the resident is exposed to a broad spectrum of major trauma, burns, maxillofacial injuries and microsurgical cases. 
  • One month is spent at the Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital, a county-sponsored facility.
  • The remainder of the residency program is at Houston Methodist Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center.

During the second year of residency, each resident rotates at select hospitals:


  • One month on the plastic surgery service at M.D. Anderson Hospital, where the primary focus is on head and neck cancer surgery and reconstruction of defects following the ablation of these tumors. They are also exposed to other reconstructive surgery, including a significant amount of microsurgery.
  • One month is at Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital 
  • One month is at Memorial Hermann Hospital.
  • The remainder of the residency program is at Houston Methodist Hospital and St. Joseph Medical Center.

Senior residents, along with the cleft lip and palate team of Operation San Jose, travel to an underdeveloped foreign country for one week of intensive cleft lip and palate surgery.


During their first year of training, residents are required to take a five-day course in basic microsurgical techniques. The purpose of this course is “to lay the foundations of the principal skills that make up good microsurgical technique.” Residents acquire the skills to perform reliable microsurgical anastomoses necessary for the performance of free flaps and re-implantation.


Schedule of Conferences
Didactic scientific sessions are scheduled every Monday at 4:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Medical Center and on Wednesday mornings at Houston Methodist Hospital. During these sessions, didactic presentations are often given and narratives, slides, handouts and a bibliography are provided. A two-year planned curriculum controls the teaching material to ensure complete coverage of the field of plastic surgery.


Clinic cases appropriate to the topic are selected and presented. Each resident presents approximately one conference per month. The conferences also cover scientific meetings and other pertinent topics. Occasionally, guest speakers who have demonstrated some area of expertise pertinent to plastic surgery speak at these conferences.


Residents are also invited to attend conferences and rounds at the two local medical schools, including grand rounds, hand conferences, maxillofacial conferences and pathology conferences.

Residents must complete fixed reading assignments (textbook and journal) throughout the year.


For Additional Information
Learn more about our regularly scheduled grand rounds.


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