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The UCLA Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


Independent Residency Program

The three-year independent Plastic Surgery Residency Program will continue to accept applications via the San Francisco Match through the 2014. Applicants must meet the eligibility requirements specified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

The independent Plastic Surgery Residency Program immerses residents in an intensive clinical and didactic training environment that exposes them to the broad spectrum of plastic surgery and provides them with the requisite training necessary to pass the American Society of Plastic Surgery Board Certifying Exams. 

Residents in the program rotate through the Olive View-UCLA Medical Center, the Los Angeles County-USC Burn Center, the National Rehabilitation Center at Rancho Los Amigos, and UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica. Residents also have the opportunity to serve as the chief resident for plastic surgery at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Harbor-UCLA, and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. 

During their final year of training, each resident will gain hands on experience managing their own cosmetic practice while running the UCLA Chief Resident's Clinic. During their four month UCLA Chief Resident rotation, residents will provide cosmetic consults for patients in clinic, develop a surgical plan, operate in UCLA's outpatient surgery center, and provide their patients with appropriate post-operative care. Attending supervision is provided by members of our clinical faculty.

Program At A Glance:

Length of Training: 3 years

Number of Positions Available: 3 per year

Applications: are made through the Central Application Service.  We require
that applicants register with the San Francisco Match and submit their curriculum
vitae, USMLE, ABSITE scores, 3 letters of reference, dean's letter, and medical
school transcript.

Application Deadline: Mid-January

Match Date: early May


Contact Information:


UCLA Plastic Surgery
200 UCLA Medical Plaza, Suite 465
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Phone: (310) 825-5582
Fax: (310) 825-0723

Email: plasticsurgery@mednet.ucla.edu


Program Goals:

The primary goal of the UCLA Plastic Surgery Residency Program is to immerse residents in an intensive clinical and didactic training environment that will expose them to all facets of the broad spectrum of plastic surgery and provide them with the requisite training necessary to pass the American Society of Plastic Surgery Board Certifying Exams and begin practicing independently. Read more »

Block Diagram:


Training Year July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May June

1 of 3 Hand  Burn Rancho SM-UCLA H&N UCLA

1 of 3 UCLA Hand Burn Rancho SM-UCLA H&N

1 of 3 Burn Rancho SM-UCLA H&N UCLA Hand

2 of 3 Anes Oculopl Derm SM-UCLA OV  VA

2 of 3 VA Anes Oculopl Derm SM-UCLA OV

2 of 3 OV VA Anes Oculopl Derm SM-UCLA

3 of 3 Harbor CF / Cleft UCLA

3 of 3 UCLA Harbor CF / Cleft

3 of 3  CF / Cleft UCLA Harbor

Goals & Objectives:

PGY 6 Rotations PGY 7 Rotations PGY 8 Rotations

Participating Institutions:

The Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center is known worldwide for its pioneering contributions to medical science, including advancements in organ transplant, cancer, heart, pediatrics, and neuroscience; it has been consistently ranked as number one in the West by US News & World Report in their annual survey of 'America's Best Hospitals'. More than 300,000 patients come to UCLA each year.

In 2008, UCLA opened the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a one million-plus square foot, 10-story structure, state-of-the-art health care facility with more than 600 beds that offers patients of all ages comprehensive care, from routine to highly specialized medical and surgical treatment.

The collaboration of patient care, medical education and scientific research form the foundation of Ronald Reagn UCLA Medical Center. Each part of the triad enhances and enriches the other so that patients receive compassionate care based on the latest medical knowledge.

The West Los Angeles VA Medical Center

The West Los Angeles Healthcare Center strives for excellence in patient care, research, and education. It provides a full spectrum of primary and tertiary inpatient and ambulatory care (acute, sub-acute, rehabilitation, extended care, mental health services, and home healthcare) to over one-million veterans residing in the primary service area of Los Angeles County, which has the largest concentration of veterans of any county in the United States. The comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services provided include a broad range of medical, surgical, and psychiatric care. The Internal Medicine subspecialties include cardiology, infectious diseases, gasteroenterology, pulmonology, nephrology, endocrinology, rheumatology, allergy, and hematology/oncology. Major surgical subspecialties include orthopedics, urology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, plastics, ENT, podiatry, and cardiac surgery.

To complete the continuum of care, numerous geriatric and extended care services are offered. In addition to the Post-Acute care inpatient unit, there are two 120 bed nursing home care units located on the grounds and an active community nursing home program.

The Healthcare Center operates a 321 bed domicilliary that provides medical care in a therapeutic institutional environment to prepare veterans for re-entry into a community setting.

The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

The Harbor-UCLA Medical Center provides high quality, cost-effective, patient-centered care to residents of Los Angeles County regardless of their ability to pay.

The medical center began as an Army medical facility serving the Pacific Theater during World War II. After the war, the Army sold the facility to the County of Los Angeles. Constructed in 1962, the present building replaced some of the cottages and barracks that once constituted the hospital. The Medical Center began its affiliation with the UCLA School of Medicine in 1951 and with the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1971.

Today Harbor-UCLA Medical Center is a Level 1 Trauma Center with an NIH-funded General Clinical Research Center. The 72-acre facility is composed of the 8-story, 553-bed hospital, and a 52,000 square foot Primary Care and Diagnostic Center in addition to a complex of buildings, wooden barracks, and trailers. The on-campus Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute, with an annual budget over 50 million dollars, provides extensive laboratory and administrative facilities for faculty investigators. Other buildings on the campus include the St. John's Cardiovascular Research Center, the Walter P. Martin Research Building, the Professional Office Building, the Imaging Center, and the A. F. Parlow Library of the Health Sciences. The total building space is approximately 1,000,000 square feet.

All of the approximately 300 full-time faculty as well as some of the more than 450 part-time and voluntary professional staff hold faculty appointments at the UCLA School of Medicine. They devote their time to the clinical care of the patients, research, and teaching at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. The nearly 450 residents and fellows training at Harbor also contribute to these endeavors. The hospital sponsors 34 ACGME accredited residency and fellowship programs as well as other graduate medial training programs. The hospital also serves as a major training site for medical students from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science.

The Olive View-UCLA Medical Center

Olive View opened its doors on October 27, 1920 as the tuberculosis sanatorium for Los Angeles County. Once TB was eradicated, its census dropped dramatically and the facility evolved into an acute care hospital. The first open heart surgery in the San Fernando Valley and one of the first in Southern California was done successfully at Olive View Hospital in 1962.

In 1970, Olive View Hospital became Olive View Medical Center, a teaching hospital affiliated with UCLA School of Medicine. A new 888-bed hospital was dedicated in December 1970, only to be destroyed on February 9, 1971 by the 6.5 Sylmar earthquake. For the next sixteen years, Olive View served its patients through an interim facility at MidValley in Van Nuys.

On May 8, 1987 the new 377-bed-state-of-the-art replacement facility, built on the Sylmar site, opened. In 1992, Olive View incorporated UCLA in its name becoming Olive View-UCLA Medical Center. In May 1997, Olive View-UCLA Medical Center became a part of ValleyCare, a healthcare delivery system for the north San Fernando Valley.

The LAC-USC Burn Center

A partner of the Keck School of Medicine of USC since 1885, LAC+USC Medical Center is among the largest teaching hospitals in the country. Staffed by more than 450 full-time faculty of the Keck School and approximately 850 medical residents in training, LAC+USC services 50,000 inpatients and 750,000 outpatients annually. Among its specialized facilities and services is a state-of-the-art burn center, Level III neonatal intensive care unit, Level I trauma service, an NIH-funded clinical research center and a HIV/AIDS outpatient center.

LAC+USC Medical Center provides a full spectrum of emergency, inpatient and outpatient services. These include medical, surgical and emergency/trauma services in General Hospital. Women's and Children's Hospital provides obstetrical, gynecological, pediatric and specialized neonatal intensive care services as well as psychiatric services for adults, adolescents and children.

The LAC+USC Medical Center records nearly 39,000 inpatient discharges, 150,000 emergency department visits, and 1 million ambulatory care visits each year. It is the largest single provider of health care in Los Angeles County, treating more than 28 percent of the region's trauma victims. In addition, LAC+USC operates one of only three burn centers in the county and is home to one of only a few Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Units in Southern California.

The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital

Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital (LAOH) was founded in 1911 by Charles LeRoy Lowman, as a clinic for children with crippling disorders. The mission then is the same as the mission today; to provide excellence in orthopaedic care regardless of the family's ability to pay. To support this mission, the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital Foundation was established in 1917 and it has been an integral support to the care that Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital provides today.

Today, the Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital treats children with congenital and acquired orthopaedic disorders in addition to providing expert life-long care for hemophilia. Our surgeons straighten curved spines, correct clubfeet, reconstruct deformed or short limbs, replace torn ligaments, and repair complex fractures. Whenever possible, Orthopaedic Hospital physicians apply non-surgical techniques and less invasive procedures with the goal of reducing a child's discomfort or time to recovery. Our physicians also coordinate a multidisciplinary approach to complex neuromuscular conditions such as Cerebral Palsy and Spina Bifida as well as rare skeletal diseases such as osteogenesis imperfecta and achondroplasia.

During our 100-year history, the orthopaedic program has grown tremendously and now sees more children with potentially crippling disorders than any other facility in the United States.

The new UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica and Los Angeles Orthopaedic Medical Center on our downtown campus and the Orthopaedic Hospital Research Center on the UCLA Westwood campus combined have the capacity to lead advancements in musculoskeletal patient care, research, and education world-wide. 

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center is internationally renowned in the field of medical rehabilitation, consistently ranked in the top Rehabilitation Hospitals in the United States by U.S. News and World Report. It is one of the largest comprehensive rehabilitation centers in the United States. Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center is licensed for 395 beds, providing service through over 20 Centers of Excellence.

The Pressure Ulcer Management Program at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center is one of 25 Centers of Excellence for the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. The program consists of a team of experts that aggressively manages pressure ulcers, a potentially devastating disease that primarily occurs in patients that are bedridden or confined to a wheelchair. Our team of experts deal with the patient's total clinical picture to treat and correct predisposing factors that contribute to the development of pressure ulcers and prevent reoccurring ulcers. The program is a 25-bed unit serving patients with extensive pressure ulcers, infected hips and heterotopic ossification of the hip joints and pelvis.

Our innovative approach uses complex reconstructive/plastic surgery and specific clinical protocols to make this program well known nationally and internationally. The typical hospital stay is approximately 8 weeks. This allows sufficient time to achieve patient goals and enhance the quality of life for the long term. Post-operative protocols include the use of special beds, a gradual sitting program, medications, range of motion therapy and other targeted interventions (e.g., diet, dressings, and electrical stimulation).

Didactic Conferences & Seminars:

Resident Education Lectures

The Resident Education Lectures are held on Thursday mornings and form the basis of the didactic program. All topics in the Core Curriculum are covered at least once every eighteen months. The conferences are scheduled so that the full curriculum will be covered twice during each resident's three years of training.

These lectures are attended solely by the residents and the instructor, allowing the instructor to direct and facilitate discussions with the residents. Residents are assigned supplemental readings in advance.

Attendance is mandatory and tracked by the Program Director by sign-in sheets.

Dinner Conference

The Dinner Conferences are used to supplement the core curriculum covered in the Resident Education Lectures. Members of the Teaching Faculty, Volunteer Clinical Faculty and Visiting Speakers are invited to speak on an area of interest or expertise pertaining to a topic in the core curriculum.

The conference is attend by the residents, teaching faculty, volunteer clinical faculty and area physicians, and has a reputation as an excellent source for Continuing Medical Education throughout the community.

Attendance is mandatory and tracked by the Program Director by sign-in sheets.

M&M, QA, and Cases of the Month

This conference best combines residents' clinical training with their didactic training. Each month, residents present their M&M cases, QA reports and Cases of the Month in a conference setting attended by residents, teaching faculty, and volunteer clinical faculty.

Additionally, each resident is required to come prepared with a Case Presentation that reviews the fundamental concepts, indications, and operative techniques of a particularly vexing case. The faculty then use these talks as the basis for orally examining the residents in preparation for their In-Service and (eventual) Board Examinations.

Journal Club

This conference seeks to incorporate basic science and current research into residents clinical and didactic training. Each month, residents review and present scholarly articles from peer-reviewed journals (typically Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.) The merits and impact of the article are then discussed by the faculty, volunteer clinical faculty, and residents.

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