Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

The fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery is a three-year, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education-accredited program providing fellows with a comprehensive and well-rounded training experience in all areas of the specialty and subspecialties.

We prepare highly competent, inquisitive and responsible plastic surgeons through a balance of structured education, clinical experience and research opportunities. You’ll complete the program ready to succeed in academic or private practice and to successfully pass the board examination.

Rotations provide rich and varied experiences in a range of settings. You’ll train in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive surgery at Rush University Medical Center; one month in the burn unit at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County; and in a private practice rotation that focuses on aesthetic surgery.

In the first and second years, the training focus is on fundamentals in all aspects of plastic surgery, including hand surgery, aesthetic surgery, breast surgery, craniofacial surgery and microsurgery. Because of the volume of information that must be assimilated in such a short period, our program is built upon a foundation of anatomy training, didactic lectures and operative experience designed to teach the conceptual basis of our specialty, rather than specific procedures.

Senior fellows customize the educational and clinical aspects of their program to allow greater focus on specific and individualized interests and are encouraged to present papers at meetings and conferences.

How to apply

Our program recruits one house officer each year. A minimum of five years of general surgery is a prerequisite.

Since 1977, the San Francisco Matching Program has coordinated the processing, distribution, review and ranking of our applicants. Please download an application at SF Match or call them at (415) 447-0350.

Mail inquiries may be directed to the following address:

SF Match
655 Beach St.
San Francisco, CA 94109
Fax: (415) 561-8535

For further information, please call fellowship coordinator Thi Tran at (312) 942-1426.

Our program director is Gordon H. Derman, MD, and our assistant program director is Christina Tragos, MD.