Cosmetic Surgery Schools and Universities in the U.S.

Cosmetic surgery programs in the U.S. can be found in many major universities throughout the country and may also be known as plastic surgery programs. There are several factors students should consider when choosing a cosmetic surgery program.

For students interested in the field of cosmetic surgery, there are a wide variety of medical and surgical programs from which to choose. Prospective students may want to examine a cosmetic surgery school's college of medicine after they have earned their degree, and then explore a school's plastic surgery division to get the most information.

Top 10 Cosmetic Surgery Schools

The following schools offer residency programs in plastic/cosmetic surgery for those who have already achieved a medical degree.

College/University Location Institution Type Program Offered*
Harvard University Cambridge, MA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Residency
Stanford University Stanford, CA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Residency
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD 4-year, Private not-for-profit Residency
University of California San Francisco San Francisco, CA 4-year, Public Residency
University of Pennsylvania, Perelman Philadelphia, PA 4-year, Private not-for-profit Residency
Washington University in St. Louis Saint Louis, MO 4-year, Private not-for-profit Residency
Yale University New Haven, CT 4-year, Private not-for-profit Residency
Columbia University New York, NY 4-year, Private not-for-profit Residency
Duke University Durham, NC 4-year, Private not-for-profit Residency
University of Chicago, Pritzker Chicago, IL 4-year, Private, not-for-profit Residency

Source: *School Websites

School Selection Criteria

Students pursuing the field of cosmetic surgery should keep in mind these considerations.

  • Students can narrow their search by finding universities that offer programs in their particular field of interest such as reconstructive surgery, facial trauma surgery or pediatric cosmetic surgery.
  • Future cosmetic surgeons may want to look for a school that offers heavy hospital rotations and clinical research programs to help build a surgical resident's knowledge and experience.
  • Some programs will require experienced residents to supervise first-year students and attend surgical teaching conferences. Interested students should consider this extra responsibility before committing to a program.
  • Since cosmetic surgery schools and universities admit a small number of students into residency and fellow programs each year, students may need to use the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP) to help them find available cosmetic surgery residencies.

Cosmetic surgery residencies are available from a number of colleges for the prospective surgeon. Look into the hospital you wish to work at and what sub-specialties of plastic surgery you may engage in

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