Institute for Plastic Surgery 
Phone: 217-545-6314
Fax: 217-545-2588
E-mail: plastics@siumed.edu 
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Curriculum Overview

Nada Berry MDThe residency training program in plastic surgery provides a diverse experience in plastic surgery and its subspeciality areas. Two positions per year are filled in an integrated program approved by the Residency Review Committee which involves matching into the program during the senior year of medical school. Rotations during the first three years are:

Residents are exposed to all areas of Plastic Surgery including breast surgery, facial fractures, facial aesthetic surgery, pediatric plastic surgery, hand surgery, wound management, burn surgery and reconstructive surgery following traumatic injury and cancer resection. Residents obtain skills in microsurgical techniques during research rotations during the PGY 2 & PGY 3 years in the microsurgical laboratory, honing techniques to participate in clinical microsurgical procedures. Fifth and sixth year residents continue to gain experience as the primary surgeons and become more familiar with indications for surgery and management of complications. The sixth year resident also serves as the administrative chief resident, supervising junior residents and medical students, as well as organizing weekly conferences. There are four full-time plastic surgery faculty and one clinical part-time faculty.

Residents are strongly encouraged to perform clinical and basic research as part of their educational experience. The division sends each resident to one meeting per year, plus meetings where the research of the resident is presented.

The plastic surgery faculty are responsible for the education and training of medical students (undergraduates), residents and fellows. As a division in the Department of Surgery, Plastic Surgery shares the teaching of the surgery curriculum with seven other divisions: general surgery, neurosurgery, orthopaedics, otolaryngology, cardiothoracic and cardiovascular surgery, and urology.

Sample Resident Rotation

  July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
Chief Resident PGY6-A PGY6-B PGY6-A PGY6-B PGY6-A PGY6-B
PGY6 PLS Fac PLS Fac PLS Fac PLS Fac PLS Fac PLS Fac
Hand Fellow Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand
PGY-5 CMH/PLS CMH/PLS CMH/PLS PLS Fac PLS Fac  PLS Fac
PGY-4 PLS Nts PLS Nts PLS Nts PLS Nts PLS Nts PLS Nts
PGY-3 ENT BURN NIGHTS ENT PEDS PEDS
PGY-2 BURN/PLS ORAL SIU VASC SIU BURN/PLS
PGY-1 ORTHO/TR PLS SIU/TXP BURN STJ OCULOPLS

 

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun
Chief Resident PGY6-A PGY6-B PGY6-A PGY6-B PGY6-A PGY6-B
PGY6 PLS Fac PLS Fac PLS Fac PLS Fac PLS Fac PLS Fac
Hand Fellow Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand Hand
PGY-5 CMH/PLS CMH/PLS CMH/PLS CMH/PLS CMH/PLS PLS Fac
PGY-4 PLS Nts PLS Nts PLS Nts PLS Nts PLS Nts PLS Nts
PGY-3 RESEARCH RESEARCH RESEARCH VASC DERM OCULOPLS
PGY-2 BURN/PLS VASC VASC RESEARCH STJ BURN/PLS
PGY-1 VASC OCULOPLS SIU BURN SIU PLS

CMH – Childrens Memorial Hospital
SIU/TXP - Transplant
PLS Fac – Plastic Surgery Faculty
PLS Nts – Plastics Surgery Nights
SIU – SIU General Surgery
STJ – St John’s General Surgery

Plastic Surgery Resident Manual

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Plastic Surgery Resident education at SIU School of Medicine strives to achieve the following:

Contact Information:

Please feel free to contact our offices at the School of Medicine with any questions you may have concerning the Plastic Surgery Residency Program:

Jean Weitekamp
Institute for Plastic Surgery
Telephone: 217-545-6112
FAX Number: 217-545-2588
E-mail: jweitekamp@siumed.edu