Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Integrated Residency Program

The mission of our program is to provide excellent clinical care in all aspects of the specialty, and to use this clinical base to provide an excellent and well-balanced educational experience for trainees at all levels.

We are particularly dedicated to educating the next generation of Plastic Surgeons to become exceptional clinicians, clear and insightful scientific thinkers, and generous citizens with unimpeachable ethical qualities and a dedication to service.

At the University of Minnesota, our goal is to provide outstanding training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery patient care, teaching, and research.  We provide unparalleled mentoring from a diverse faculty who have a genuine interest in surgical education and the dynamic field of plastic surgery.

We are excited to partner with the Department of General Surgery to offer six years of training for future exceptional plastic surgeons.


Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Eligibility Requirements Effective July 1, 2016.

An applicant must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment to an ACGME-accredited program:

  • graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME); or,
  • graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA); or,
  • graduation from a medical school outside of the United States or Canada, and meeting one of the following additional qualifications:
    • holds a currently-valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates prior to appointment; or,
    • holds a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in a United States licensing jurisdiction in his or her current ACGME specialty/subspecialty program; or,
    • has graduated from a medical school outside the United States and has completed a Fifth Pathway program provided by an LCME-accredited medical school.

Application Requirements

We participate in Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). You will need to submit your application documents electronically via your Dean's Office Workstation or, if you are a foreign medical graduate, the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduation (ECFMG).

The J-1 alien physician visa sponsored by ECFMG is the preferred visa status for foreign national trainees in all UMN graduate medical education programs; therefore, the Program sponsors only J-1 visas. We do not sponsor H-1B visas. More information on the J-1 visa can be found on the UMN-GME webpage.

The required electronic application documents are as follows:

  • Common Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • Medical School Transcript
  • Dean's Letter
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Photo
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Transcripts
  • ECFMG Status Report (foreign medical graduates only)
  • ACLS/BLS certification prior to the start of our training program

For additional program information, please view our expanded listing available on FREIDA Online.

We look forward to receiving your application documents electronically. If you have any questions, please contact the Program Coordinator at


Timeline for sending invitations and conducting interviews:
  • ERAS opens Saturday 9/15
  • Applications are assigned to our faculty members for review. We continue to check ERAS periodically in the following weeks to assign new applications as they arrive.
  • The first round of interview offers will be sent to 40 applicants via ERAS Interview Scheduler by Thursday 11/15, or earlier.
  • Additional rounds of interview offers will be sent as needed after 11/15. Generally, most offers are accepted in the first round.
  • We limit the number of invitations sent to the number of openings that we have available.
Interview Invitations:

You must select your preferred interview date via MyERAS to confirm your interview slot. You may also wait-list, decline, or reschedule via MyERAS. Please familiarize yourself with MyERAS Interview Scheduler (pg. 48).

Due to the high volume of applications we receive, we ask for a response within 3 business days. If you have not accepted our offer within that time, you will be notified that you've been placed on our wait list, and your spot will be offered to a different applicant.

We offer interviews to those on our wait list in chronological order.

Applicants who have accepted interviews must notify us two weeks prior to their scheduled interview date if they need to cancel or reschedule.

As recommended by ERAS, we will notify your school’s dean’s office if you do not show up for your scheduled interview, or if you cancel later than two weeks prior to your scheduled interview date without valid justification (illness, family emergency, severe weather that results in canceled flight, etc.).

We will offer four interview sessions, and the dates will be posted to ACAPS Interview Dates when available. Friday interviews will tentatively occur between 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM, with a dinner event to follow. Saturday interviews will tentatively occur between 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM, with the dinner event the previous evening. Interviews will be held at Regions Hospital in St. Paul, MN.


Mariah Ipsan
Plastic Surgery Residency Coordinator

Stipend & perks

Additional perks:

You will be provided with the following:

In addition, residents have access to the University of Minnesota’s on-line biomedical library, which provides free access to:

  • MD Consult, UpToDate, Stat!Ref, PubMed
  • Numerous online textbooks


All residents are expected to participate in research projects during the course of their residency. Support, both financial and intellectual, is available to achieve this.

Quarterly research meetings with all the residents and some staff members are held to provide feedback on new or existing projects, monitor the progress of active projects, and helping achieve research goals. Additional financial support may be provided for presentations at national meetings and publications.

Research can be both clinical or bench-based depending on the project chosen. Most staff members will also be available and participating in these projects. Given the length of the integrated residency, it will be expected that multiple projects will be undertaken.

Message from the program director

Image of Ashish Y. MahajanThe University of Minnesota has a tradition of excellence in the education of competent plastic surgeons. Our program format has always offered exposure to all aspects of plastic surgery in a variety of settings. In addition to a traditional university setting, residents spend time in community-based hospitals in the twin cities as well as rotations with affiliated plastic surgeons in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Our integrated program partners us with the General Surgery Department at the University of Minnesota, one of the top in the nation, to complement our current comprehensive plastics training. The integrated model allows for expansion of the curriculum to include rotations the American Board of Plastic Surgery recommends for developing excellence in plastic surgery including orthopedics, ENT, oral surgery, burn surgery, anesthesia, neurosurgery, and occuloplastics.

Our city-wide faculty bring a diversity and breadth of exposure that makes us unique and allows our residents to develop into exceptional plastic surgeons. We welcome your interest and warmly invite you to contact us for specific questions.

Ashish Y. Mahajan, MD
Program Director
Assistant Professor