Residents participate in the General Surgery curriculum for the first two years with 4 weeks, in each year, on the plastic surgery service at Regions Hospital. Rotations during the general surgery years include general surgery, critical care, minimally invasive surgery, transplant, thoracic, colorectal, trauma and acute care surgery.

After completing two years in general surgery, residents have a PGY-3 year that is a combination of plastic surgery and electives suggested by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Three months are spent rotating on the busy plastic surgery service at Regions hospital. Additional rotations in burn, ENT, oral surgery, occuloplastics, anesthesia, research and neurosurgery are completed. PGY-3 residents take call at Regions hospital and attend all conferences.

PGY-4, PGY-5 and PGY-6 are all spent rotating at Regions Hospital, North Memorial Medical Center, University of Minnesota Medical Center and VA.


RegionsRegions hospital is a Level I trauma center located in St. Paul with 9 full time plastic and hand surgeons. Residents will see a full spectrum of plastic and hand surgery with exposure to general trauma reconstruction of the face, trunk and extremities. Maxillofacial trauma is commonplace and residents will have exposure to trauma reconstruction. Regions is home to a tertiary burn center and residents take care of acute burns as well as reconstructive procedures. With a busy orthopedic service, wounds are commonplace and trunk and extremity flaps including microsurgery are learned. The breast health center at Regions creates a demand for breast reconstruction including microsurgical. The chief at Regions is in charge of rotating junior residents, PAs, numerous interns (ortho, general surgery, ENT), oral surgery resident and students. Curriculum based rotations offer exposure to all major aspects of Plastic Surgery.

Faculty: Drs. Heinrich, Lacy, Mahajan, Mann, Schubert, Tuttle and Witzke

University of Minnesota buildingUniversity of Minnesota Health is a 573 bed tertiary referral center located in Minneapolis. Residents spend time here in the PGY-3 year rotating in OMF surgery, ENT, occuloplastics and neurosurgery. Concentration on breast reconstruction, aesthetic surgery, craniofacial surgery and post-bariatric and wound patients occurs in the final three years of training. Time spent in the outpatient clinic and main hospital exposes residents to a wide variety of plastic surgery problems seen at tertiary care centers. The University rotation also includes a resident aesthetic clinic.

Faculty: Drs. Choudry and Buckley.

VA health care buildingVA Health Care System also located in Minneapolis, is a large 845 bed referral center for the upper Midwest. Residents are in charge of the service which consists of basic and complex reconstructive challenges. Graduated responsibility includes running the service and performing cases in the OR occurs as the resident moves through the final three years.

Faculty: Dr Cayci

North Memorial Medical Center buidlingNorth Memorial Medical Center located in Robbinsdale, MN is a busy level I trauma center that is located in a community outside the urban centers of the Twin Cities. Breast, maxillofacial and hand cases are common. In addition, microsurgical reconstruction, pediatric congenital, and aesthetic surgery are seen in the PGY-4 through PGY-6 years. Residents also have exposure to cases in a community-based surgery center located close to the main hospital.

Faculty: Drs Kayan, Landis, McCue, Muldowney, Peng and Van Beek