Residency Program

UNMC Plastic Surgery is a learning facility dedicated to providing comprehensive training for residents with five years of general surgery experience. Participants in our Program include Children's Hospital and Medical Center, Methodist Hospital,  Boys Town National Research Hospital,  and the Arizona Center for Hand Surgery.

The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency Program at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is a three year program of the independent model. The program’s prerequisite requirements as set forth by the American Board of Plastic Surgery include completion of  residency in general surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedics, oral surgery, neurosurgery or urology. In some circumstances an applicant may be considered who has only a minimum of three years of progressive surgical training. These applicants will be considered stronger if they have additional fellowship training or research.

University of Nebraska Medical Center is the primary teaching facility for the Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery training program.  Each institution affiliated with the residency program contributes a different practice setting, research opportunities, and a specific clinical focus to the overall mission of the education of the residents. Together they will afford the plastic surgery resident training in all aspects of the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery. The program is designed to fulfill the requirements outlined in the Program Requirements for Plastic Surgery.

The training program is an independent model for three consecutive years of which the last 12 months are spent as the chief resident. The curriculum is sequenced so that all topics of the plastic surgery core curriculum, as described in the Comprehensive Plastic Surgery Curriculum, are presented in that three year cycle. One resident is accepted into the program annually for a total of three residents in the program at any one time. The resident position is only available through the San Francisco Plastic Surgery Match Program.

The residents are assigned to rotations at all of the participating hospitals for specific periods of time.

The following is an example the rotations for each level of training

Year 1 (PGY6)

General Plastics - 6 months
Head & Neck - 3 months
Pediatric Craniofacial - 3 months

Year 2 (PGY7)

Oculoplastics/OMFS/Trauma - 3 months
Hand Surgery, Phoenix, AZ - 3 months
Burn & Wound - 3 months
General Plastics - 3 months

Year 3 (PGY8)

General/Microvascular - 3 months
General Plastics - 3 months
Ortho/Hand - 3 months
Cosmetic - 3 months