See the department calendar for dates of specific events, including workshops and grand rounds programming.
Biennial Meeting and Reunion
Current and alumni residents and faculty members are invited every two years to celebrate the legacy of Johns Hopkins’ Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This special day is dedicated to celebrating our rich tradition of excellence and sharing updates on all that has occurred since we became an independent department in 2010. This unique event unites multiple generations of Johns Hopkins-trained plastic surgeons and introduces alumni to our current residents and fellows. This is a full-day program with a dinner reception at the historic Maryland Club. This wonderful occasion was made even more special this past year because all four directors of plastic surgery — Milton Edgerton, John Hoopes, Paul Manson and W.P. Andrew Lee — gathered to mark the event.
Every year, we celebrate the achievements and training of our chief residents and fellows at the end of their training. Current residents and faculty members, along with the families of graduating residents and fellows, are invited to hear from selected faculty members and each of the graduates over a formal reception and dinner.
Resident Camaraderie Day
Each year, all residents are excused from clinical duties to enjoy a day of fun activities and one another’s company. Intended to foster resident camaraderie and reward their hard work, activities may include activities such as hiking, attending an Orioles game, lazy-river tubing, paintball or go-kart racing.
We celebrate the holiday season with a fun event featuring music, food and drinks. This event provides an opportunity for the entire department to come together and celebrate the prior calendar year and our achievements. Every year, this event is a hit!
Independent Attending Conferences (Drs. Tufaro, Vogel/Vander Kolk)
Tufaro Indications Conference: Dr. Anthony Tufaro generously hosts residents and fellows at the historic Maryland Club to discuss a variety of indications topics. This is a unique opportunity for residents to receive direct mentorship and sage advice from one of our most experienced faculty members.
Vogel/Vander Kolk Aesthetic Educational Dinners: Quarterly, two of the region’s distinguished private plastic surgeons and part-time Johns Hopkins faculty members host an evening dinner of cosmetic surgery education at the prestigious Center Club overlooking the Inner Harbor. Senior residents discuss topics pertaining to aesthetic surgery and life as a private-practice plastic surgeon.
At the conclusion of each academic year, Dr. Lee hosts each class of residents for a dinner at a location of their choosing. Lively conversation, both related and unrelated to plastic surgery, is shared while exploring some of the many great restaurants Baltimore has to offer.
Juniors Club focuses on PGY-1, PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents in the program. This event is organized in coordination with senior residents who are interested in mentoring. The goals are to foster small-group resident-to-resident teaching in an informal setting and to promote resident camaraderie. Each session is led by one senior resident and is focused on a specific topic pertinent to juniors — consults, operative autonomy, splinting, grant writing, etc. The department generously provides food for the event.
Microsurgical Journal Club
We review the most recent and interesting literature in microsurgery at the Microsurgical Journal Club. The Hoopes Service attendings, microsurgery fellows, rotating residents, medical students and research fellows are invited to be presented informally and discussed ad lib over dinner. This event is generally hosted at one of the attending’s or senior resident’s homes and is a wonderful learning opportunity. It allows the hard-working Hoopes Service team to spend time together outside of the hospital.
Sacks Complications Club
Each season, Dr. Justin Sacks generously hosts residents at his home to discuss complications senior residents have observed in patients. This provides a low-stress environment to learn from mistakes and improve our surgical decision-making. Additionally, it gives us an opportunity to spend time together. This unique mentorship opportunity is both fun and educational for residents at all levels.