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Independent Residency Program

The Independent Residency Program follows the traditional pathway and is designed for applicants who are board-eligible and fully trained in general surgery, although candidates with other backgrounds will be considered if they meet the requirements of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Applicants must have completed the general surgery requirements stipulated by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and approved by the Committee of Credentials.

Outstanding residents fulfilling the Plastic Surgery Independent Residency Program requirements including anticipated completion of an ACGME-accredited general surgery, neurological surgery, orthopaedic surgery, otolaryngology, or urology residency, may apply for the traditional three-year Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency Training Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Rotations - Independent

Program Year 1 (PGY-1)

  • PHHS – Reconstruction  (8 weeks)
  • CUH – Plastic Surgery (10 weeks)
  • CMC – Pediatric Plastic Surgery (8 weeks)
  • Pediatric Hand (2 weeks)
  • Frisco Clinic – Plastic Surgery (6 weeks)
  • Cosmetic Surgery/Private Practice – Ft. Worth (4 weeks)
  • Baylor (6 weeks)

Program Year 2 (PGY-2)

  • Baylor (6 weeks)
  • CMC- Pediatric Plastic Surgery (10 weeks)
  • Elective (4 weeks)
  • VA- Plastic Surgery(10 weeks)
  • PHHS - Hand (10 weeks)
  • CUH - Plastic Surgery (10 weeks)

Program Year 3 (PGY-3)

  • PHHS - Reconstruction (10 weeks)
  • CUH- Plastic Surgery(10 weeks)
  • Elective(s)(6 weeks)
  • Baylor (4 weeks)
  • Community (6 weeks)
  • Oculoplastic (4 weeks)
  • CUH and PHHS - Microsurgical Float (8 weeks)

Rotations - Integrated

Post-Graduate Year 1 (PGY-1)

  • Burns (1 month)
  • Dermatology/OMFS (1 month)
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery (1 month)
  • Emergency Medicine (1 month)
  • CMC- Pediatric General Surgery (1 month)
  • PHHS - Plastic Surgery Recon (1 month)
  • Surgical Oncology (2 months)
  • Trauma (1 month)
  • PHHS- Plastic Surgery Hand (1 month)
  • CUH - Night Float (2 weeks and 2 weeks vacation)

Post-Graduate Year 2 (PGY-2)

  • CMC- Pediatric Plastic Surgery (1 month)
  • Diabetic Limb Salvage (1 month)
  • VA- Plastic Surgery (1 month)
  • Microsurgery (1 month)
  • PHHS-Hand (1 month)
  • PHHS-Reconstruction (1 month)
  • PHHS-Surgical Intensive Care Unit(1 month)
  • PHHS-Trauma (1 month)
  • CUH-Plastic Surgery (3 Months)
  • Anesthesiology/Oculoplastic (2 Weeks/ w Weeks)

Post-Graduate Year 3 (PGY-3)

  • CMC-Pediatric Plastic Surgery (2 months)
  • VA- Plastic Surgery (2 months)
  • PHHS-Reconstruction (2 months)
  • PHHS-Hand (2 months)
  • CUH-Plastic Surgery (3 months)
  • Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (1 month)

Post-Graduate Year 4 (PGY4-Junior)

  • PHHS - Reconstruction (8 weeks)
  • CUH - Plastic Surgery (10 weeks)
  • CMC - Pediatric Plastic Surgery (8 weeks)
  • Pediatric Hand (2 weeks)
  • Frisco Clinic - Plastic Surgery (6 weeks)
  • Cosmetic Surgery/Private Practice - Ft. Worth (4 weeks)
  • Baylor (6 weeks)

Post-Graduate Year 5 (PGY5-Senior)

  • Baylor (6 weeks)
  • CMC- Pediatric Plastic Surgery (10 weeks)
  • Elective (4 weeks)
  • VA-Plastic Surgery (10 weeks)
  • PHHS-Hand (10 weeks)
  • CUH- Plastic Surgery (10 weeks)

Post-Graduate Year 6 (PGY6-Chief)

  • PHHS - Reconstruction (10 weeks)
  • CUH- Plastic Surgery (10 weeks)
  • Elective(s) (6 weeks)
  • Baylor (4 weeks)
  • Community (6 weeks)
  • Oculoplastic (4 weeks)
  • CUH and PHHS- Microsurgical Float (8 weeks)