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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Curriculum

Educational Conferences

Weekly Conference

RUSH University has a strong commitment to training future leaders in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. The resident formal didactic curriculum consists of 3-hours of dedicated conference time each Wednesday morning from 6:45-9:45am. All residents are excused from clinical duties to attend. Conferences include lectures from invited and distinguished guest speakers, case presentations, “unknowns” conference, didactic sessions by program faculty, anatomy labs, small group workshops, quality improvement, quality assurance, and outcomes sessions. The last hour is dedicated to reviewing core curriculum topics outlined on PSEN to prepare residents for the in-service exam and future board exams.

Special Conferences

National and Local Meetings

Residents are also given support to attend state and national meetings, including the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons, Midwest Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and more. Additionally, the residents participate in the Chicago-wide Mock Oral Board Examination, to prepare for future board exams.

Journal Club

The program hosts informal gatherings to discuss relevant medical journal pieces. Residents present assigned readings at the meeting and facilitate excellent discussion.

Visiting Professor Lectureships

We welcome multiple visiting professors each year who are recognized as experts in the field of plastic surgery and its subspecialties. Residents are able to review cases with the visiting professor to discuss innovated techniques and additional feedback.


The program sponsors a number of cadaver labs throughout the year to review anatomical dissections, in additional to an annual flap course, an annual microsurgical course, plating workshops and cosmetic injection workshops.

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