Program Overview

The Palmetto Health/ USC Integrated Plastic Surgery Training Program is a six year residency focused on producing a well-rounded plastic surgeon knowledgeable in all aspects of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Only one resident is accepted into each year of training to provide the greatest possible individual attention to the growth and development of the knowledge base and technical skills of the surgeon. Developing the skills for critical thinking and lifelong learning are important aspects of the training and will be strongly emphasized. The first three years will focus on a broad education in principles of surgery to include rotations in general surgery, emergency room medicine, critical care, neurosurgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery, pediatric surgery, dermatology, transplant surgery, trauma and colorectal surgery. Rotations on the plastic surgery service will also occur. During the second three years the main focus will be on rotations covering topics in plastic and reconstructive surgery to include: general plastic surgery, microvascular, hand, aesthetic, oculoplastic, pediatric, oral, otolaryngology, burns and maxillofacial surgery. Residents will also be involved in clinical or basic science research with opportunities for presentations at meetings and publications in peer-reviewed journals.
 
The majority of the clinical education will take place in a number of venues including Palmetto Richland Hospital, Palmetto Parkridge outpatient surgery center, and the William Jennings Bryan Dorn Veterans Administration Hospital. There will be three one month away rotations. The transplantation rotation will take place at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. The burn rotation will occur at Joseph M. Still Burn Center at the Doctors Hospital in Augusta Georgia. A one month cosmetic rotation will take place at the Advanced Cosmetic Surgery Center in Greenville, SC. Living arrangements are included for each away rotation. Other rotations will take place in the private practices of our participating faculty.
 
The program will also feature didactic instruction as well as various conferences to include: morbidity and mortality conferences, cancer and breast conference, hand conference and journal club.
 
Call schedules, policies and vacations will adhere to ACGME guidelines. 
 
All of our faculty are dedicated to and enjoy teaching future plastic surgeons in an atmosphere of mutual respect for both ourselves and our patients. The plastic surgery training program is intimately involved with the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, and medical school students in the 3rd and 4th years routinely rotate onto the plastic surgery service.