The Rush University Medical Center plastic surgery fellowship program is a fully accredited ACGME program. Our three-year independent program has one position at each level. We recruit for one house officer each year. A minimum of five years of general surgery is a prerequisite. The 36-month curriculum includes 35 months at Rush University Medical Center and one month at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The Cook County Hospital rotation includes one month in the burn unit. The 35 months at Rush University Medical Center are on the plastic surgery service, which covers all aspects of plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery.
The three fellows in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Rush University Medical Center train with over one dozen regionally and internationally known plastic surgery attendings. All of the attendings in the department have successful practices in downtown Chicago. The fellowship program is strong in all aspects of plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. Particular strengths include all aspects of aesthetic surgery, craniofacial surgery, maxillofacial surgery, breast and breast reconstructive surgery, as well as general plastic reconstruction. At the completion of their fellowship, the fellows are highly trained, competent plastic surgeons who are well prepared for today's diverse field of plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. The chairman and other attendings in the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery work hard to assure the futures of each of the graduating fellows.
Rush University Medical Center
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
The conference schedule includes:
- Weekly Grand Rounds - 2 hours
- Mortality and Morbidity Conference - one time per month
- Plastic Surgery Basic Science Conference - weekly
- Clinical Correlations Conference - two times per month
- Craniofacial Conference - one time per month
- Oral Board Prep - one time per month
All conferences are mandatory for the fellows.
Fellows are required to complete a minimum of one research project each year. The senior fellow is required to present his research project at the Senior Resident Conference in the spring of his second year and the fellows are also encouraged to submit their research for other national conferences as well. The Rush senior fellows have won the award for best craniofacial paper at the National Senior Resident Conference two out of the last three years.
The work hours are tracked for each fellow and the 80-hour work week is not violated. The fellows take no in-house call.