Curriculum

Training Plan
The training plan is directed towards the goal of providing the resident with the core knowledge and experience necessary to allow that resident to graduate as a competent plastic surgeon. The plan is further directed towards preparing the resident for successful examination by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  

Curriculum

The comprehensive plastic surgery curriculum is designed along the guidelines developed by the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.  A three-year planned curriculum controls the teaching material to ensure complete coverage of the field of plastic surgery. The attainment of cognitive skills is demonstrated by striving for exceptional performance on the plastic surgery in-service examination and, afterwards, by successful completion of the certifying and qualifying examinations administered by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.


Rotations

Residents enjoy a close and ongoing relationship with the teaching staff. During each rotation, the resident participates in both, the operative and office experience. The residents are exposed to a variety of approaches and techniques from which he or she will, hopefully, evolve his or her own approach to a specific problem in plastic surgery.

Houston Methodist Hospital

The rotations at this institution expose the residents to a wide variety of plastic and reconstructive surgery patients with an emphasis on microsurgery. In addition, there are orthopaedic hand and upper extremity, anesthesiology, dermatology, oculoplastic, and oral maxillofacial surgery rotations.

Houston Methodist West Hospital

The rotation at this hospital exposes the residents to a large volume and variety of plastic and reconstructive surgery patients with an emphasis on oncoplastic surgery and facial reconstruction.

Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital

The rotation at this hospital exposes the residents to a large volume and variety of reconstructive surgery patients with an emphasis on peripheral nerve and upper extremity plastic surgery.

St. Joseph Medical Center

The rotation at this institution provides clinical experiences in various plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures. This institution has an abundance of aesthetic, breast reconstruction, hand, congenital, and general reconstructive cases.

Texas Children's Hospital

On the Pediatric Plastic Surgery rotation, residents will develop progressive skills in the evaluation, emergency care, and perioperative management of the pediatric plastic surgery patient, with an emphasis on congenital problems, acute and chronic trauma, laser therapy, orthognathic surgery, and microsurgery.

Memorial Hermann Hospital

At this institution, residents will achieve a general knowledge of the evaluation and management of burn patients.

Residents will also participate in the care of trauma patients on the lower extremity reconstruction and microvascular techniques rotation. This rotation provides a high volume of lower extremity trauma and emphasizes management through microvascular surgical reconstruction.

On the congenital facial and facial trauma rotation, the residents will develop skills and techniques for pediatric plastic surgery and facial trauma, including the correction of craniofacial defects, cleft lip, and palate problems.

Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital

The goal of the extremity trauma, facial trauma, and tissue transfer rotation is to allow residents maximum responsibility in the care of patients presenting to this facility primarily with reconstructive problems. Residents have an opportunity to manage patients with unusual and often advanced diseases, deformities, and injuries of interest to plastic surgeons. At LBJ, the resident plays a large role in the ambulatory clinics and receives a good exposure to outpatient care.


Schedule of Conferences

Mondays at 4:30 pm, St. Joseph Medical Center: Teaching Conferences (Lectures, Journal Club, Indications, M&M, Case Presentations & Mock Orals).

 

Wednesdays at 6:30 am, Houston Methodist Hospital: Case Conferences.

 

Residents are also invited to attend a number of other conferences at the two local medical schools, which include grand rounds, hand conference, maxillofacial conference, pathology conference, etc. There are fixed reading assignments (PSEN curriculum and journals), for which the residents are responsible throughout the year.  A three-year planned curriculum controls the teaching material to ensure complete coverage of the field of plastic surgery.


Microsurgery Course: the residents take a four-day course in basic microsurgical techniques. Each resident thereby acquires the facility necessary to perform reliable microsurgical anastomoses necessary for the performance of free flaps, re-implantation, etc.  


Voluntary International Experience:  For several years, the senior residents, along with the cleft lip and palate team of Operation San Jose, have traveled to an under-developed foreign country for one week of intensive cleft lip and palate surgery on a voluntary basis.