Plastic Surgery

Program Resident Selection Policy

We are currently accepting applicants for the 3 year independent residency and a combined 6 year residency. We will be matching with San Francisco Match for the traditional residency and with NRMP for the combined.

The traditional Plastic Surgery residency at the University of Utah conforms to the guidelines set forth by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Please refer to their website for details. While the majority of the residents have completed 5 years of general surgery, the prerequisite training is that set forth by the Board. Satisfactory prerequisite training includes 5 years of general surgery or a full residency in ENT, Orthopedics, Neurosurgery, Urology or Oral Surgery.

For the combined 6 year residency, applicants apply though ERAS by visiting their web site Matching will be done through NRMP. Interviews will be held in January.

The clinical rotations cover 4 hospitals. The University of Utah Medical Center is the primary teaching institution with approximately 12 months of the 2 years being spent there. Primary Children’s Medical Center is the only comprehensive children’s hospital in the Intermountain West. This rotation occupies approximately 6 months of the total residency. The Veterans Administration Medical Center is the regional referral center for the VA medical system and also supplies 6 months of clinical work. Our group also covers the plastic surgery service at Shriners Hospital.

To be eligible for appointment to the Housestaff at the University of Utah School of Medicine, an applicant must:

  • Be a graduate of a US or Canadian medical school accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or-
  • Be a graduate of a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) or-
  • Be a graduate of a medical school outside of the United States who meets one or more of the following qualifications: 1. Has a currently valid ECFMG certificate. 2. Has a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a US licensing jurisdiction. 3. Is a graduate of a medical school outside the United States who has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME accredited medical school.

“The University of Utah School of Medicine does not discriminate on the basis of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, age, religion, color, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran’s status.”

All PGY I positions will be offered following the guidelines and policies as established by the National Resident Matching Program.

All PGY I applicants must have passed Parts I and II of USMLE prior to the time they will begin training. All PGY 2 and above applicants must have passed Parts I, II and III of USMLE prior to the time they will begin training.

All matched candidates must comply with the Health Sciences Center Drug Testing Policy.