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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency

Training Program

The plastic surgery training program is a six-year integrated program with a total of 10 residents, of which one or two are accepted each year.  The individuals selected for this pathway are matched directly into the first year of post-graduate training through the National Resident Matching Program.  Our program offers a specifically tailored experience during the first three years, incorporating six months of plastic surgery in each of the first two years and nine months of plastic surgery in the third year.  Other rotations are specifically designed to complement the core knowledge needed by a plastic surgeon.  A strong base for these rotations will be in general surgery subspecialties, including critical care, acute care surgery (trauma), burn surgery, oncologic surgery, and vascular surgery, with additional experience in orthopaedic hand surgery and dermatology. 

The fourth year of training will incorporate three months of dedicated research time, and three months of combined clinical plastic surgery and research. 

The remainder of the training program is fully dedicated to clinical plastic surgery.  We have strong programs in plastic hand surgery, pediatric and craniofacial plastic surgery, and microsurgery.  In essence, in the six-year period the resident will accumulate nearly five years of training across the full spectrum of plastic surgery, with 15 months of the time spent on other specialty rotations. 

This program involves the individual in plastic surgery activities at the very beginning of the training experience and identifies the resident as a plastic surgery resident from day one.  We believe strongly in early gratification for resident operative experience.  We feel that early involvement under the tutelage of our plastic surgery faculty, and maximum exposure to the breadth of plastic surgery practice, ensures our goal of allowing each resident to become the best plastic surgeon he or she can.

This program was one of the founding models of the integrated residency in plastic surgery, and was one of the inaugural ACGME-RRC accredited programs in 1995.  Since then, it has been a strong leader in the development of plastic surgery residency training. Over the past 25 years or more, all resident graduates have been successful in passing the qualifying examinations of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS).  All graduates have also been successful in obtaining their post-graduate fellowship or practice of preference.

For more information about the program, please contact us at:

University of Missouri-Columbia
Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic Surgery
One Hospital Drive, Rm M349
Columbia, MO 65212
Phone: (573) 882-2277
Fax: (573) 884-4788

Qualified applicants

Applications for the Plastic Surgery residency program are only accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our program does not have a supplemental application. Review of ERAS applications will begin in September. Your application must be complete by November 1 to be considered for an interview.

Required documents

Supporting documents are required and should be directed to ERAS:

  • Personal statement
  • Three letters of recommendation from persons familiar with your clinical performance, preference is given to letters from board certified plastic surgeons.  The ACAPS Letter of Recommendation Form should be utilized when possible.
  • Transcript and Dean’s letter of reference
  • USMLE scores
  • Recent photograph

Interview Process and Selection of Candidates

We routinely receive more than over 200 applications each year for our positions and invite approximately 45 individuals to interview. Interviews are granted by invitation only and interview dates are held in January. Timely acceptance of your interview offer is appreciated. A special group rate for lodging is available and will be provided in your interview confirmation email. You will have the opportunity to dine with some of our residents the night before your interview in a casual setting and all applicants are strongly encouraged to attend.

During the interview day you will have a series of twenty minute interviews with our four attending plastic surgeons.  There will be ample time for you to meet all of our integrated residents and they will spend time with each of you over the course of the day.  Your time between interviews will be spent interacting with our residents and you should have plenty of time to question any of them at length. Should you have residual questions or concerns that are not adequately answered, we will be more than happy to make time available to address them in the wrap up session. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

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