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Didactic Education


Conferences are held every Wednesday morning, differing each week on subject matter:

  • The first week is a "portfolio" case conference led by a single, senior-level resident each month highlighting interesting cases and decision making
  • The second is a service conference (morbidity and mortality) and makes up a significant portion of our Quality Improvement education led by Dr. Mary McGrath
  • The third week involves an evening journal club, where residents review topic-specific new literature in the field of plastic surgery
  • The fourth is a research presentation, where residents develop and share their ongoing academic endeavors
  • If there is a fifth Wednesday of the month, there are invited lectures on special topics, often on cosmetic surgery

The program also has a weekly seminar-style lecture series where the goal is to have topics that span the plastic surgery curriculum during a given two year cycle. Lectures are given by faculty members or by a resident with a faculty member preceptor. We also have hosted lectures by volunteer faculty, community plastic surgeons, and faculty from other departments.

Attendance is mandatory for all residents and our residents have protected time to attend these lectures regardless of their clinical rotation.


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