University of Nebraska Medical Center

Commonly Asked Questions

How to I apply to your program?
How many positions are available each year?

Currently we are approved for one categorical spot in each plastic surgery program: Independent and integrated.

How many applications do you receive?
  • Our integrated program received more than 400 applications for the 2024 inaugural match year.
  • The independent program receives between 80-120 application per year.
Do you have USMLE score minimums?

We do not have a firm cut-off, however, generally speaking our residents are above the 50th percentile national in their standardized exams.

Do residents give presentations?

Yes, residents regularly present at departmental grand rounds, journal clubs, and morbidity and mortality conferences. In addition, each resident is expected to present at a local, regional, national or international meeting at least once during their residency. By the end of residency, most residents have given 20-30 brief presentations and gained extensive experience in researching, organizing and presenting lectures.

Is there a VA?

There is a VA Medical Center in Omaha, however, our residents do not rotate at the VA.

Is there a wet lab?

Yes. We have both a wet lab and a surgical simulation lab located in our state-of-the-art simulation center at the Davis Global Center.

How is patient volume and diversity?

Nebraska Medicine is the largest medical provider in Nebraska, and our residents see a wide range of both routine and complex cases throughout their training. Omaha has a great balance clinically between bread and butter plastic surgery to highly complex reconstructive cases as a tertiary referral center. 

How much vacation time do residents receive?

Residents receive 20 vacation days per academic year. Please refer to the benefits page for additional information regarding resident vacation and other leave.

Do you provide education and conference funding?

Yes, residents in good academic standing receive educational funds each year which they can use to purchase materials such as textbooks, journal subscriptions, or use to supplement their travel budget for an approved conference. Residents receive paid educational leave, up to five days per academic year, to attend required local meetings and conferences, and senior residents receive paid leave and funding to attend a national scientific or educational conference. Additional funding is available to residents in any year who are invited to present a paper or poster at a national meeting. Residents wishing to travel internationally for a conference must use vacation time and personal funds.

Is there a library and access to electronic journals?

In addition to the resident room library, our residents have online and in-person access to UNMC’s Leon S. McGoogan Health Sciences Library, which has a full array of both print and electronic journals. The library also includes small group study spaces, meeting areas, a coffee shop and a 3D printing lab. The library has flexible hours, including 24/7 badge access to some areas.

Do residents need to purchase surgical loupes?

Residents are not required to purchase their own surgical loupes. The program purchases surgical loupes for incoming residents (first year only).

Is research required?

Yes, all residents participate in research and quality improvement projects and are expected to give an annual research presentation each year. Monthly research meetings are held to discuss new and ongoing projects. Many of our residents have collaborated with multiple members of our faculty on various projects as their interests grow and change during their training. Both institutional review board and statistical support is available through the university.

Is publication required?

Residents are expected publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal or present at least one paper at a regional or national meeting during residency, although most residents publish several papers or book chapters during their training. Our faculty are happy to advise residents on writing and submitting papers. In addition to the usual publication venues, UNMC residents can also submit papers to our own Graduate Medical Education Research Journal, which is especially designed to provide a platform for residents and fellows to publish scholarly work.

Is parking available?

Yes. All house officers received free parking for the duration of their training.

Is subsidized housing available?

No, but housing in Omaha is plentiful and relatively inexpensive when compared to the national market.

Where do most residents live?

Omaha has a lot of affordable residential options, including options within walking distance. Single residents and couples often choose to live in nearby neighborhoods known for their entertainment and restaurants, including the Blackstone District, the Old Market, Midtown Crossing, Dundee and Benson. Residents with growing families may choose to live in more suburban neighborhoods such as Bellevue, Papillion or West Omaha, which still only have average commute times of 20 minutes. The city itself is easy to navigate with plenty of housing options: from downtown apartments to large family houses in the suburbs to quiet neighborhoods near campus. 

Are their job opportunities for my significant other?

Omaha has a thriving economy, a low unemployment rate and many job opportunities for family members. In addition to medicine, our largest industries include financial services, transport/logistics, agribusiness and military/defense. University of Nebraska is also a great choice for any family member still pursuing their education. Our residents and their immediate family members are eligible for tuition credit of 15 credit hours per year at any of our four campuses: University of Nebraska at Omaha, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Kearney and University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Do I need a car?

Yes, residents do need a car. Residents rotate at a variety of clinical sites that are not all on the main campus. Also, Omaha’s four-season climate means that summers are hot and winters can be cold and icy. If feasible, we recommend a car with all-wheel drive for safe commuting in winter weather.

Can I send additional information, such as my CV directly to the program for consideration?

No. All applications must be submitted directly through the appropriate application process: Plastic Surgery Common Application for integrated resident applicants and SF Match for independent resident applicants

Do you accept international graduates?

Yes. We welcome international graduates, provided they meet our criteria.

Our Office of Global Engagement works in international activities and services.

Will you sponsor an H1 visa?

Due to the restrictions involved with an H1 visa, we prefer to sponsor J1; however, we will consider H1 visas on an individual basis.

Will you sponsor other visas such as O?

No. We only accept J1 or H1B visa applicants.

Do I need to be ECFMG certified at the time of application?
  • Six-year integrated residency: No, but you need to be eligible for ECFMG certification by successful completion of USMLE I and II when you submit your application.
  • Three-year independent residency: Yes, you must provide ECFMG certification at the time of your application.
What should I expect upon submitting my application?

All applications are reviewed by our program director and associate program director.  Upon selecting candidates for interview, an invitation is extended through the program coordinator. Applicants will receive communication regardless of the decision to interview.

How many interviews will you offer?

The number of interviews is based on the overall number of qualified candidates and varies each year.

What is the salary?

UNMC is competitive with other programs. You can review our current salary and benefits information.

Is moonlighting permitted?
No. Moonlighting is not permitted in any year of our training.