Top Plastic Surgeon Schools in the United States

Jan 02, 2019

Learn about residency programs for plastic surgeons, the medical doctors who use corrective surgery to address aesthetic issues and functional impairments caused by congenital conditions or diseases. Read brief summaries of the training provided by four top schools, and find a table that lists other noteworthy colleges and universities that offer programs in plastic surgery.

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Many medical schools have an option to conduct a residency in plastic surgery. Preview some of the best medical schools in the country with exceptional plastic surgeon residency training to find out which has the best program for your future. Among the four institutions summarized below, students will find three Ivy League schools: Harvard University, Yale University, and Dartmouth College.

In general, doctors-in-training can complete integrated residency programs that include experience in general and plastic surgery, or independent residency programs in plastic surgery that take place after a four-year general surgical residency. Clinical experiences can include exposure to cosmetic or oncologic surgery. Residents may also have the opportunity to conduct research. These are some of the best medical schools for plastic surgeons to study at in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Harvard University in Cambridge, MA

School Highlight: The Harvard Plastic Surgery Training Program was founded in 1999 by the coming together of various programs at hospitals in Boston.

The university offers a residency program in plastic surgery, during which residents rotate among five teaching hospitals. In tandem with education and research activities, students complete clinical experiences in reconstructive, craniofacial, and oncologic surgery. Clinical training in cleft, aesthetic, and breast surgery is also provided, along with practice in microsurgical techniques. The plastic surgery program at Harvard yields two tracks: an Advanced Program and an Integrated Plastic Surgery/General Surgery Program.

Yale University in New Haven, CT

School Highlight: The residency program at Yale is accredited by the Residency Review Committee in Plastic Surgery.

Yale University's School of Medicine offers a six-year residency program in plastic surgery. Once admitted, students learn how to perform oncologic and cosmetic surgery and treat burns, microvascular issues, and head traumas. Students also have the opportunity to research hard and soft tissue growth and repair, hand surgery, and telemedicine.

Stanford University in Stanford, CA

School Highlight: Rotating residents in this program will alternate between seven places, including Stanford University Hospital, Kaiser Santa Clara, and Palo Alto Veterans Hospital.

The Stanford School of Medicine offers a residency program in plastic and reconstructive surgery that requires clinical training and a research or international service component. In general, the program takes over five years to complete. Once enrolled, students receive training in microsurgery, hand surgery, and craniofacial surgery, among other related areas.

Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH

School Highlight: Offers a six-year combined general and plastic surgery residency, as well as a three-year plastic surgery residency.

The Geisel School of Medicine offers a three-year residency in plastic surgery, accredited by the ACGME. Training is conducted in many different surgical environments, from out-patient clinics to operating rooms. The final year of the program allows students to more thoroughly customize their curriculum, allowing more opportunities for specialized learning and research electives. Medical mission trips may be offered to some students.

Top Plastic Surgery Schools

School Name Distinction Location
Duke University Clinical training takes place at a Level I trauma center Durham, NC
Johns Hopkins University Offers independent or integrated residencies and burn or craniofacial surgery fellowships Baltimore, MD
Pennsylvania State University One of the oldest facilities in the nation treating cleft conditions in children Hershey, PA
University of Miami Residents have clinical or science-based research requirement Coral Gables, FL
University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill Offers six-year plastic surgery residency Chapel Hill, NC
University of Virginia Offers independent and integrated plastic surgery residency programs Charlottesville, VA

Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and Dartmouth are only a few of the top schools with plastic surgery residency programs.

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