Residency Program Format
We match one applicant each year in both the independent and integrated formats.
Integrated residents will have a broad training in plastic surgery, general surgery, ENT, orthopedics, ophthalmology, dermatology, burn surgery, and others during their first three years. The curriculum during the final three years consists of rotations at the University of Utah Hospital (including the Huntsman Cancer Hospital), Primary Children’s Hospital, and The Salt Lake VA Medical Center. Progressive responsibility is provided to the residents as they proceed through the rotations. This increasing responsibility is reflected in the proportion of cases, as surgeon, increasing each year. It is also reflected in their increased knowledge and technical competence expectations.
The clinical rotations consist of six rotations each year for two months each. Four rotations take place at the University of Utah Medical Center while one is at the VA Medical Center and one at Primary Children's Hospital. The rotations at the University of Utah and the VA Medical Center provide broad exposure to all facets of adult plastic surgery, including hand surgery, aesthetic surgery, and reconstructive surgery. They both consist of three operative days and two clinic days per week.
The children's hospital rotation provides broad exposure to pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as cleft care and craniofacial surgery. This rotation has three or four operative days and one or two clinic days per week. The University of Utah and Primary Children's Hospital are the regional referral centers for the Intermountain West. The closest medical centers are in Denver, Colorado, and Sacramento, California. The VA Medical Center is likewise the regional referral center for the veterans' medical system.
Two residents are accepted each year; currently one position is filled through the independent match and one is filled as a PGY 1 position through the integrated format. The prerequisites for entrance into the independent program are those established by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Independent applicants apply and match through the San Francisco Match. Integrated applicants apply through ERAS and match through NRMP.