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From the start of their first year, the integrated residents in Plastic Surgery participate in divisional activities, including didactic and management conferences, as well as our monthly Journal Club. Attendance by the integrated residents is facilitated and agreed to by the Chief of General Surgery. This attendance requirement is particularly important for the pre-operative conference, a structured interactive conference that consists of a previously assigned case for discussion between residents and a specific faculty member. A case is selected from the next week's operating room schedule and assigned to the resident in advance. Using the Socratic method, the designated faculty member questions the resident about pathophysiology, analysis of past and present problems, and the reconstructive plan. A hierarchy of cases are selected based on difficulty and sophistication, and assigned to the varying levels of the integrated residents in the program.
(Every other Monday) Reading material chosen by the chief resident is discussed at length. This can be on a wide variety of topics in plastic surgery. This conference will add a review and discussion of selected CME articles from recent years of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal to the already comprehensive lineup of Corequest and Core Conference which have been previously outlined.
COMBINED MAXILLOFACIAL TRAUMA CONFERENCE
This is a monthly conference which focuses on collaboration between Plastic Surgery, Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, and Oculoplastics. Topics in maxillofacial trauma are discussed on a rotating basis between specialties which provides a good cross fertilization of ideas on how to manage these patients. This conference helps promote a wider experience of surgical treatment as well as a comraderie amongst the services treating maxillofacial trauma.
This conference will rotate morbidity and mortality cases, pre-operative cases, unknown cases, and resident “topic of interest” presentations on a monthly basis.
M & M CONFERENCE
(Monthly) In this session, the morbidity and mortality of patients is discussed for analysis of treatment plans. In this manner, the Division can review problematic cases.
HAND SERVICE CONFERENCE
The multidisciplinary hand conference covers all key topics in hand surgery, including the management of traumatic, inflammatory, and congenital conditions. Presentations are given and discussions are led by attendings and residents from plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery or certified hand therapists.
PLASTIC SURGERY JOURNAL CONFERENCE
The first Thursday of the month, Journal Club is hosted by community and University Plastic Surgeons. The latest issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is discussed. Reading/discussion assignments and location of the meeting is made by the host for the month.
Multidisciplinary aspects of care for the burn patient are discussed. Presentations for this conference are given by the burn resident and faculty member. Current relevant journal articles are reviewed monthly.