The goal of each rotation is to provide satisfactory clinical material and educational supervision to allow residents to make appropriate preoperative assessment, become proficient in intraoperative technique, and learn appropriate postoperative care in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Ethical and moral principles as well as billing procedures are discussed on all rotations. The "Comprehensive Plastic Surgery Curriculum" produced by ACAPS serves as a detailed list of objectives for the entire residency.
For the integrated program, rotations in the first three years will provide residents with a broad training in general surgical principles. Rotations will include general surgery, ENT, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dermatology, burn and plastic surgery. The final three years will be focused on plastic surgery and rotations will be as listed below.
University of Utah Medical CenterDuring this rotation, the residents are exposed to a wide variety of clinical cases. Cases are performed in both the outpatient and inpatient setting. They are expected to learn head and neck, trunk, and extremity anatomy with an emphasis on hand anatomy. Clinical areas stressed on this rotation are head and neck trauma, breast reconstruction and aesthetic breast surgery, hand surgery, including elective and traumatic reconstruction and post-operative therapy, pressure sore care, extremity reconstruction, cutaneous malignancies, microsurgery, and aesthetic surgery.
Residents should learn appropriate anatomy, be able to diagnose properly, become technically proficient in surgical care, know the various options for treatment, and learn appropriate post-operative care. During this rotation, resuscitative and surgical burn care should be learned.
Primary Children's Hospital
This rotation provides a complete education in congenital, craniofacial, and pediatric plastic surgery. The objectives are diagnosis and treatment of congenital and craniofacial disorders as well as care for pediatric diseases stressing aesthetics, fracture management, and tissue coverage. Residents should learn how to communicate with both the patient and the family members. Diagnosis and treatment of congenital hand anomalies should be learned.
Veteran's Administration Medical Center
Residents have a dedicated VA rotation. A broad spectrum of procedures and disease are encountered during this rotation. Head and neck anatomy and disease and treatment should also be learned. Otherwise, objectives are the same as for the University of Utah Medical Center rotation.