Rotation Schedule

Our program is designed to provide the best possible foundation for our trainees. As such, eight months in each of the first three years include exposure to aspects of patient care that is integral to becoming a well-trained physician and plastic surgeon.

PGY-1, 2 and 3

The first three years are spent rotating through a variety of specialties in our four teaching hospitals:

  • Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  • Sentara Leigh Hospital
  • The Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters
  • Portsmouth Naval Medical Center

Residents will spend four months dedicated to plastic surgery and several General Surgery rotations as well as well as experience in:

  • Anesthesia
  • Critical care
  • Ear, nose and throat surgery
  • Burn/Trauma surgery
  • Mohs dermatology
  • Oculoplastic surgery
  • Pediatric surgery
  • Ortho trauma surgery
  • Vascular surgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Breast surgery
  • Oral and maxillofacial surgery

PGY-4, 5 and 6

These years are dedicated to plastic surgery and include all aspects of our specialty. The resident will gain a meaningful experience in hand surgery. One of the goals of these years is to help the resident decide if they are interested in additional fellowship training (microsurgery, craniofacial surgery, hand surgery and cosmetic surgery). During the PGY-6 year, the resident will spend four months in the “Chief Clinic” where independent evaluation of patients is performed. Patient management from this clinic will be supervised by an attending physician, however any surgery that is performed will be done by the Chief Resident.  The resident should obtain adequate experience in cosmetic surgery during these months to allow them to be comfortable once in practice. The PGY-6 year includes administrative responsibilities that will further improve their future independent practice of Plastic Surgery.

Additional Training

Beyond rotations, a variety of lectures, presentations and conferences will assist in training:

Our program includes well-devised didactic sessions. It is expected that the residents spending time on rotations other than plastic surgery (during the first 3-years) to attend the conferences associated with that rotation.

Full-time and community faculty, as well as faculty from other institutions, present monthly. Such lectures often include a multidisciplinary approach to surgical patient care.

Monthly case presentations discuss complications and causes of death in patients being cared for by the plastic surgical services.

Weekly, assigned residents provide case presentations reviewing upcoming surgical cases. With faculty presiding, that week's cases are reviewed with attention to the operative plan including other surgical and non-surgical options in light of the patient’s history.

Because we value the knowledge of the world experts in the field of Plastic Surgery, visiting professors are scheduled whenever possible. The visiting professor typically presents at Grand Rounds.

Held monthly, the Journal Club review articles from the major plastic surgery journals. The chief resident will assign specific articles for review. These will be discussed, in depth, with appropriate input from faculty.

Each week the Core Conference will review topics relevant to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Residents, with the guidance of a faculty mentor, will prepare and present during these conferences. These conferences will cover all of the milestones in the education of the plastic surgery resident.

Incoming PGY-1 Residents will participate in the EVMS Surgery Residency Boot Camp in July and August, this training consists of the following:

  • Pain Management and Common Calls and Emergencies
  • Communication Skills and Writing Orders/ Epic Shortcuts
  • Wound Care
  • Ventilator 101
  • Critical Care 101: Management of Sepsis, Shock and Resuscitation
  • Radiology 101
  • Nutritional Support
  • Resident Jeopardy
  • Fluids and Electrolytes
  • Introduction to FES and FLS