The University of Utah Division of Plastic Surgery holds weekly conferences that provide both didactic and interactive learning opportunities for the residents and students. The series of rounds and conferences have been developed to assure residents in the program are educated in the broad scope of plastic surgery.
Tuesday Night Conference is a seminar style conference that covers the entire core curriculum in plastic surgery over an 18-month cycle. A brief didactic presentation of the topic is followed by discussion and questions and answers involving residents and faculty. This is followed by a Case Presentation Conference, which is led by a faculty member, and cases are presented and discussed in an oral boards style. This is also an opportunity for residents and attendings to present challenging upcoming cases and discuss indications and approaches.
Wednesday Morning Grand Rounds include didactic lectures of a wide range of topics in relevant to plastic surgery. Presentations are given by faculty, local plastic surgeons, and members of other divisions and departments. Additionally, visiting professors are invited several times per year with a dinner the evening before and a half or full day of lectures that includes a grand rounds presentation.
Every other month we hold a Morbidity and Mortality Conference on Wednesday mornings.
Thursday Morning Conference alternates between Hand Conference and In-Service Review. Review of questions follows a pre-set curriculum. Quarterly the conference is replaced with a mock in-service exam.
Journal Club is held every other month at faculty member's home or choice of venue. Selected papers from the primary plastic surgery journals are reviewed and critically discussed over dinner.