Plastic and cosmetic surgery residencies are generally required for medical school graduates who are interested in ultimately becoming cosmetic surgeons. These residencies can be found at the medical schools of 4-year universities, clinics and hospitals.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Schools
Each of these schools offers a residency program in plastic and/or reconstructive surgery:
|Harvard University||Boston, MA||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Stanford University||Stanford, CA||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Johns Hopkins University||Baltimore, MD||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of California San Francisco||San Francisco, CA||4-year, Public|
|University of Pennsylvania, Perelman||Philadelphia, PA||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Washington University in St. Louis||St. Louis, MO||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Yale University||New Haven, CT||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|Duke University||Durham, NC||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
|University of Chicago, Prizker||Chicago, IL||4-year, Private not-for-profit|
School Selection Criteria
Consider the following when choosing a plastic and reconstructive surgery school:
- Get more information about the curriculum to make sure that the general and specialized coursework meets your educational needs.
- If you are interested in treating particular groups of patients, such as burn victims, pediatric patients or bariatric reconstruction patients, find a residency that allows you to work with these groups.
- Find out if the program gives students the opportunity to work under the supervision of mentors, allowing for a more personal educational experience.
- Get more information about on-campus social organizations, which can provide opportunities to network, discuss surgical journals and listen to guest lecturers.
Residency in Plastic Surgery
A residency program in plastic surgery may be completed in 3-6 years, depending on the prior surgical experience and education of the student. Clinical experiences may be required in areas such as hand trauma, pediatric reconstruction, cardiac and vascular reconstruction, burn victim treatment, urology and neurosurgery. Publishable research projects may also be required. The didactic aspect of residency training typically involves attending conferences and seminars.
After earning a medical degree, aspiring cosmetic surgeons can enroll in a residency program focused specifically on the field, which can provide advanced coursework and clinical experience in order to prepare them for this career.