Our highly ranked residency program offers:
- Integrated clinical training, with plastic surgery training beginning on day one. The operative experience our trainees gain is one of the best in the country — for example, our graduating chiefs routinely log more than 2,500 cases.
- Three excellent and diverse training sites, providing a complete range of plastic surgery services, from complex inpatient reconstructive care to outpatient clinics to cosmetic surgery.
- The Plastic Surgery Chief Resident Clinic, giving chief residents in their final year of the residency program the opportunity to provide consultations and treatments with the supervision of faculty members.
- A huge caseload — 28,000 patients in outpatient clinics and over 4,000 major operations annually — and exposure to rare and complex cases you’ll find only at a large academic medical center like Michigan Medicine.
- Focused teaching on all aspects of Plastic Surgery — Learning outside of the operating room and clinical environment is achieved through weekly didactic lectures, case conferences and hands on experiences in our microsurgery simulation center. This rich educational experience is complemented with an exposure to nationally renowned surgeons and leaders in the field who spend time with us as visiting professors.
- Dedicated time for research or other academic pursuits — With an average of more than $3.5 million in grant funding for plastic surgery research, we have robust support, including funding for residents to present at meetings.
- A welcoming community — or, as we like to call it, our plastic surgery family. You’ll benefit from the support of a formal mentoring relationship with a faculty member and senior resident, and from regular journal clubs, social outings, and dinners in faculty homes. To get to know each other outside the constraints of our busy days, we hold monthly “Me Days,” where residents and faculty talk about their upbringing, their interests, and what has influenced their lives.
- A supportive department — The Department of Surgery is dedicated to cultivating an inclusive and diverse environment in which each individual can achieve their full professional and academic potential. This commitment is called the Michigan Promise. Trainees frequently participate in opportunities offered through the Michigan Promise, such as the Resident Leadership Development Program.
Ultimately, our goal is to provide the curriculum, the resources, and the setting to produce plastic surgeons who excel as clinicians, scientists, and leaders in the field. Our program was ranked #1 for research output and #3 for reputation in the nation by Doximity in 2021.