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Career Development - Plastic Surgery

 
What Does Training Look Like?

Plastic Surgery residencies are at least six years for integrated programs. There are post-residency fellowships available.

 
Subspecialties

  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
 
What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

Plastic surgeons can expect to spend 30-45 hours per week seeing patients, on average. On call schedule can be demanding.

 
Important Qualities and Traits

Plastic Surgery requires much specialized knowledge and skill in the design and surgery of grafts, flaps and free tissue transfer and replantation. Innovation, technical expertise, ethical behavior and interpersonal skills are all necessary.
 
Shadowing Opportunities

Shadowing opportunities are available by contacting Debra Felix
 
Research Opportunities

If you are interested in conducting research relevant to plastic surgery, contact Dr. Abigail Chaffin for opportunities.

Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

 
Specialty Interest Group

TUSOM currently does not have a specialty interest group devoted solely to Plastic Surgery.

Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

Students should select a variety of surgery rotations for their fourth year, and request to serve in plastics.

 
Specialty Statistics

Summary Statistics (from "Charting Outcomes in the Match 2020")

 

 

 

Matched

Unmatched

 

n = 158

n = 56

1. Mean number of contiguous ranks

13.7

7.3

2. Mean number of distinct specialties ranked

1.2

1.4

3. Mean USMLE Step 1 score

249

245

4. Mean USMLE Step 2 score

256

250

5. Mean number of research experiences

5.9

5.9

6. Mean number of abstracts, presentations, publications

19.1

11.6

7. Mean number of work experiences

3.7

3.7

8. Mean number of volunteer experiences

8.7

7.4

9. Percentage who are AOA members

43.0

19.6

10. Percentage who graduated from one of the 40 US medical

34.2

28.6

schools with the highest NIH funding

 

 

11. Percentage who have Ph.D. degree

2.0

3.8

12. Percentage who have another graduate degree

22.2

28.8

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Important Advice

An away rotation is HIGHLY advised.

This is a very competitive specialty, so the overall application should be well-rounded and strong.

 
Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched (Past Five Years)

 





Dartmouth-Hitchcock Med Ctr-NH LEBANON NH 2018
LSU SOM-New Orleans-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
St Louis Univ SOM-MO ST. LOUIS MO 2018
U Michigan Hosps-Ann Arbor ANN ARBOR MI 2017
U South Florida Morsani COM-Tampa TAMPA FL 2019
U Southern California LOS ANGELES CA 2020
U Texas Southwestern Med Sch-Dallas Dallas TX 2021
UC San Francisco-CA SAN FRANCISCO CA 2018
Yale-New Haven Hosp-CT NEW HAVEN CT 2018
Zucker SOM-Northwell NS/LIJ-NY GREAT NECK NY 2020
 
How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

The average student applies to 40-50 programs, with the goal of 10-12 interviews.