Plastic Surgery
 

Overview of the Specialty

The specialty of plastic surgery deals with the resection, repair, replacement and reconstruction of defects of form and function of the integument its underlying anatomic systems, including the craniofacial structure, the oral pharynx, the trunk, the extremities, the breast, and the perineum including aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery of structures with undesirable form.

Pathways to Plastic Surgery

There are two pathways to plastic surgery: independent plastic surgery programs of three years duration or integrated programs of six years duration.

In the integrated programs the student enters a plastic surgery residency as a PGY1 but must still complete the prerequisite general surgery requirements specified by the ABPS and is “loaned out” to the various general surgery services to complete these requirements. The integrated training program is six years long. The independent programs accept residents who have completed either a complete general surgery training program or training in ENT, orthopedics or even neurosurgery. They are also able to accept residents who have completed three or four years of prerequisite general surgery training if it was performed at the same program as the plastic surgery residency and meets the ABPS pre-requisite training requirements.

There were 71 integrated plastic surgery residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 148 training positions.

Matching Program Information and Match Statistics

Plastic surgery residency training programs participate in the NRMP. Match results through the NRMP and competitiveness information for plastic surgery residency training positions are summarized in the U.S. Match Statistics table below. The majority of U.S. seniors applying for plastic surgery through the NRMP also ranked other specialty programs on their rank lists submitted to the NRMP. Many U.S. seniors applying for plastic surgery training programs also apply to general surgery residency training programs.

US Match Statistics

2015

2014

2013

2012

Competitiveness*

Low

High

High

Interm

# Integrated positions available for U.S. Seniors

148

130

116

121

% U.S. Seniors Matched*

96%

83%

88%

91%

# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions

3

0

1

4

# Unmatched U.S. Seniors

4

14

9

5

Source: NRMP Match results for U.S. seniors applying in a single specialty. *Competitiveness is based upon the percentage of U.S. Seniors who ranked each specialty as their only choice.

WUSM Match Statistics

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Subspecialty/Fellowship Training

Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of a plastic surgery residency training program is available in craniofacial surgery and hand surgery. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED.
FREIDA

Career Information

FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.

Washington University Resources

Washington University Graduate Medical Education: GME
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University

Washington University Department Website:
Department of Surgery - Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Faculty Contacts:  Plastic Surgery

Keith E. Brandt, MD*

362-4588

Ida K. Fox, MD

454-6089

Susan E. Mackinnon, MD

362-4586

Marissa Tenenbaum, MD

   996-3040

Kamlesh Patel, MD

747-1193

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National Organizations

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons

At A Glance
Training
6 years of residency
 
Categorical and advanced
positions available
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
Craniofacial Surgery 1 year
Hand Surgery 1 year
Lifestyle
Median, Academic Salary 443,000
Median, Clinical Salary 425,000
Source:AAMC