Global surgery is an integral component in the craniofacial program in the Division of Plastic Surgery at the University of Utah. A team of surgeons, anesthesiologists, and operating room staff travel to Guatemala for a one week mission to perform reconstructive surgeries on infants and children with cleft lip and palate anomalies, burns, and hand injuries. The fellow is encouraged to attend this mission trip with the craniofacial team.
In addition to clinical responsibilities, teaching and instruction of local medical students and plastic surgeons are goals we take very seriously. Moreover, plastic surgery residents and fellows often accompany the team, an experience that enhances their training in plastic surgery. Having the opportunity to help those who would otherwise not have reconstructive surgery, as well as educating local health care providers is immensely satisfying and rewarding.