The UCLA Plastic Surgery Residency Program is a fully ACGME-accredited, traditional two-year plastic surgery residency, which accepts four residents per year through the San Francisco Match (www.sfmatch.org). All applicants must meet the American Board of Plastic Surgery’s eligibility requirements for plastic surgery residency training (www.abplsurg.org). The UCLA Plastic Surgery Residency Program only accepts applicants who have completed a formal training program (and are board admissible or certified) in general surgery, neurological surgery, orthopedic surgery, otolaryngology, urology, or oral and maxillofacial surgery (the latter requiring two years of clinical general surgery training in addition to an MD/DDS or DMD).
The residency program is broken down into three-month rotations at the UCLA Medical Center, Olive View Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA, and the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center. Additionally, residents spend one month at the Los Angeles County-USC Burn Center, obtaining experience in surgical and non-surgical burn care, and one month at the Ranchos Los Amigos National Rehabilitation center to obtain experience in the treatment and management of pressure sores.
The UCLA Medical Center serves as the primary training facility. Residents spend three rotations (for a total of nine months) at UCLA, where they are immersed in a wide range of clinical problems. Residents diagnose and treat children with craniofacial anomalies, congenital malformations, facial and head trauma, and diffuse angiomatous problems. They perform hand and microvascular surgery, post-mastectomy breast reconstruction and reconstruction following ablative surgery for head and neck cancers. During their second year, residents on the UCLA service manage their own cosmetic clinic under the supervision of attendings from the outside community.
Teaching conferences emphasize operative procedures, pertinent anatomy, pathophysiology, and basic concepts in the management of complicated reconstructive problems.
The UCLA Plastic Surgery Program emphasizes independence, initiative, and competence in all aspects of clinical and academic plastic and reconstructive surgery. Substantial independent operative experience is acquired. Residents are expected to actively engage in teaching plastic surgery to general surgery residents and medical students.
Specific information can be obtained from the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division Office at (310) 825-5582.