Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


Residents will learn through a combination of independent reading, discussion and individual instruction. Discussion moves the learner from a passive to an active role that facilitates the acquisition of new knowledge. This type of active learning permits assessment of learner needs, allows learners to apply newly acquired knowledge and is most suitable for teaching higher order concepts, problem solving and clinical decision making.

Residents will be given learning objectives for each clinical rotation. They will be assigned relevant editions of Selected Readings in Plastic Surgery during each rotation. Residents will be responsible for completing the reading during the rotation and will compile a list of 10 questions from their reading for discussion with faculty during these months. Once an appointment is made with the attending physician, this time and date along with a copy of the questions should be e-mailed to Erica Luong.
The Selected Readings (SR) topics will be divided between rotations based on Faculty interest and expertise. The expectations are that each resident will independently read the SR. After reading, they will create 10 questions or talking points related to what they have read. These questions will be given to the Faculty member, who will arrange for an hour meeting to discuss them. After the discussion the faculty will send the date of the discussion, the questions and an evaluation of the resident’s comprehension to the Residency Coordinator.

  1. The expectation is that, in general, each site will provide one dedicated hour of one-on-one discussion each month. For sites with multiple Faculty, the site will assign topics and faculty.
  2. After several cycles of Faculty- Resident discussion, the Faculty will develop 6-10 Objectives for the each SR topics.
  3. The Coordinator and Program Director will provide an Assessment Tool and review the results.

The following is the list of topics planned to be assigned to each rotation:

  • Burns
    • Principles of grafts
    • Wound healing, scars, envenomation
  • Kaiser
    • Skin tumors I
    • Nasal reconstruction
    • Reduction mammoplasty
    • Plastic surgery on the ear
    • Cleft lip I
    • Cleft lip II
  • Ambulatory (cosmetics)
    • Blepharoplasty/browlift
    • Rhytidectomy
    • Augmentation mammoplasty
  • CHLA
    • Vascular anomalies
    • Cleft palate/VPI
    • Craniofacial I
    • Craniofacial II
  • Cedars/Sinai
    • Hand II: peripheral nerves/tendon transfers
    • Hand IV: extension tendon
    • Hand V: congenital anomalies
  • City of Hope
    • Hand and neck I: tumors
    • Hand and neck II: reconstruction
    • Breast cancer and reconstruction
  • LAC/USC Plastics
    • Facial fractures I: upper 2/3
    • Facial fractures II: lower 1/3
    • Trunk reconstruction
  • LAC/USC Hand
    • Hand I: soft tissues
    • Hand V: Fractures/dislocations
    • Hand III: flexor tendon
  • Rancho
    • Pressure Sores/pelvic construction
    • Microsurgery/replantation
    • Lower extremity reconstruction
    • Body contouring
  • General topics
    • Principles of flaps
    • Skin tumors II: melanoma
    • Facial nerve disorders
    • Rhinoplasty
    • Lasers in plastic surgery
    • Implantation/prosthetics
    • Principles of maxillofacial trauma
    • Brachial plexus injury