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Plastic Surgery Independent Residency

Surgery

Program Overview

The MUSC Plastic Surgery Independent Program has run continuously since July 1, 1967. The residency program provides comprehensive training in all aspects of the specialty, including clinical and basic research. One 3-year position is available each year. In addition, a six-year Plastic Surgery Integrated residency program runs simultaneously with the Independent program, for a total of 9 trainees.

The Division of Plastic Surgery performs more than 600 inpatient and 1,400 outpatient cases per year. Residents rotate through a variety of clinical settings in five hospitals, including both academic and private practice environments.  Five core faculty and several community physicians provide comprehensive training throughout all years of training. 

All major aspects of the specialty are emphasized, including but not limited to the following:

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Hand Surgery
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Body Contouring
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Maxillofacial Trauma
  • Oncologic Reconstruction
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Cutaneous Malignancies

In addition, residents receive training in the following surgical specialty areas:

  • Trauma Surgery
  • Transplant Surgery
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • ENT Surgery
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Oral Maxilla Facial Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Gastroenterology Surgery
  • Vascular Surgery

Research

Residents are expected to participate in research projects within the Division of Plastic Surgery and will submit at least one paper annually to a peer-reviewed journal. 

Educational Activities

Plastic surgery residents participate in two weekly conferences and a monthly journal club, and attend two major regional or national meetings each year. 

Residents

Meet our current residents.

Applying

The MUSC Plastic Surgery Independent Program accepts applications from PGY4 residents.  Applications are submitted through the San Francisco Match via the online website. One individual is selected each year through this process. The 2019 Match is for the 2020 position, and so forth. Please refer to the San Francisco Match website to complete your application to the program.

The program begins taking applications around October each year, once applications have been reviewed invitations will be sent via Interview Broker and the interview date will be scheduled around mid-February each year. Each candidate will have personal interviews with the attendings and a chance to speak more informally with residents.  On the night before the interview, an informal social event will be held for applicants and residents. If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact our residency coordinator, Melinda Slider, slider@musc.edu.