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Integrated Residency Program

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The integrated residency program, which is accredited by ACGME, is open to medical school graduates interested in specializing in plastic surgery. The residency is a seven-year program, with six clinical years. During the mandatory research year, completed between the second and third clinical years, residents conduct clinical and/or basic science research, but also have the opportunity to participate in bio-innovation or professional degree programs. Clinical time during the intern year is divided between general surgery, plastic surgery, and plastic surgery-related rotations.

Three residents will match for the 2020-21 academic year. Typically, 250 people apply. Learn more about the program curriculum, prerequisiteshow to apply to the program and who to contact for more information.

“We have the opportunity to learn hands-on very early in our training, but our faculty provide enough supervision that it optimizes both patient safety and our learning.”

Joey Lopez, Postgraduate Year Five

Program Goals

The goal of the integrated residency program is to provide residents with a dynamic and innovative educational curriculum to mentor and train residents to become leaders in the field of plastic surgery.

Rotation Schedule

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Core Locations

Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center
The plastic surgery rotation at Johns Hopkins Bayview has a heavy emphasis on hand and wrist surgery. The plastic surgery service covers hand surgery consults and emergencies 24/7 at the medical center.

Johns Hopkins Burn Unit
Residents will spend time in the burn unit learning about intensive care for critically injured patients. The operative experience is focused on management of acute burn injuries and treatment of secondary deformities related to burns.

Johns Hopkins Hospital – Edgerton Service
The Edgerton Service is one of two primary plastic surgery services at Johns Hopkins Hospital.  The clinical focus is adult and pediatric craniofacial surgery including cleft lip/palate, cranial vault procedures, orthognathic surgery, facial reanimation and traumatic injuries. In addition, there is broad exposure to pediatric plastic surgery including burn reconstruction, pediatric hand surgery, and urogenital reconstruction.

Johns Hopkins Hospital – Hoopes Service
Clinical care on the Hoopes service is focused on breast reconstruction, microsurgery, and adult hand surgery.  On this service, residents learn and master microsurgical skill, performing a wide array of microsurgical procedures such as breast reconstruction, lymphedema surgery, lower extremity salvage procedures. You will work closely with other surgical specialties and learn how to manage complex reconstructive patients and how to choose and execute the most appropriate procedure on the reconstructive ladder.

University of Maryland/Shock Trauma/Baltimore VA Rotation
This rotation focuses on head to toe reconstruction and craniomaxillofacial trauma.  The University of Maryland experience is clinically heavy in breast and abdominal wall reconstruction.  The Shock-Trauma experience is focused on repair of acute and secondary traumatic deformities, with a heavy emphasis on craniofacial and lower extremity reconstruction.  The VA rotation has a large volume of soft tissue reconstruction following skin cancer resection, as well as general reconstruction.

Additional Locations

Capitol Rotation
Senior residents on the National Capitol Rotation will split their time between community surgical practices and Walter Reed National Medical Center. The community component heavily emphasizes aesthetic surgery.  The Walter Reed component involves head to toe reconstruction of secondary defects from battlefield injuries, as well as reconstruction of post-ablative defects.

Chief Resident Aesthetic Rotation
Chief Residents on this rotation will have their own cosmetic clinic where they will provide aesthetic procedures.  The experience is supplemented by elective time with community surgeons, based on resident interests (e.g. facial plastic surgery, body contouring, etc.).

Chief Resident Regional Elective Rotation
This structured elective rotation allows chief residents to spend two months focused on one of four core areas of plastic surgery: general reconstruction, aesthetic surgery, craniomaxillofacial surgery, or hand and lower extremity surgery.  Residents will spend two months with an intense operative experience in an area of their choice.

Oculoplastic Surgery
During this rotation, residents will spend two months with Michael Grant, MD, PhD, who is board certified in plastic surgery and ophthalmology.  This rotation will emphasize reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the periorbital region, including primary and secondary orbital reconstruction, eyelid reconstruction, and facial cosmetic surgery.

Peripheral Nerve
This one month rotation is focused on teaching the diagnostic and surgical principles related to management of patients with peripheral nerve injuries.  The resident will spend time with Dr. A. Lee Dellon and learn about surgical interventions for neuropathy, from head to toe.

Senior Resident Elective Rotation
PGY-5 residents are given 1 month of elective time to refine their interests in a particular area, in anticipation of post-residency career planning (fellowships, etc.).  Elective rotations may be domestic or overseas and can focus on any area of plastic surgery.

St. Agnes Hospital
Clinical care during this rotation is focused on primary reconstruction of post-traumatic and post-ablative deformities, as well as aesthetic surgery of the face and body. 

The Johns Hopkins Hospital: Anesthesia Rotation
Residents will spend one month rotating on the anesthesia service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. During this time, they will learn about airway management and techniques for intubation, critical care and anesthetic management of the surgical patient. 

The Johns Hopkins Hospital: Dermatology Rotation
As a junior resident, you will rotate for one month on the dermatology service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. The rotation is split into general dermatology, pediatric dermatology/lasers, cosmetic dermatology (including noninvasive aesthetic procedures) and Mohs surgery. 

The Johns Hopkins Hospital: Otolaryngology Rotation
During the otolaryngology rotation, residents will be exposed to facial aesthetic surgery and head and neck reconstruction. A particular emphasis of this rotation is free tissue transfer for post-oncologic reconstruction.  

University of Maryland: Oral and Maxillofacial Facial Surgery Rotation
It is a goal and strength of our program that we work with our partnering specialties and exchange ideas and knowledge. You will get a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, management of secondary cleft deformities, and the principles and approach to dentoalveolar trauma. 

Union Memorial Hospital/Curtis National Hand Center
During this rotation blocks, residents focus solely on hand and upper extremity reconstruction and free tissue transfer.  The Curtis National Hand Center is a specialty center for management of congenital and acquired diseases of the hand and upper extremity.


The applicant to the integrated program must have received a M.D. or D.O. degree from an institution accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). Graduates of schools of medicine from countries other than the United States or Canada must present evidence of final certification by the Education Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).

How to apply

Applications are processed through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). All applicants are expected to participate in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Faculty for the residency program conducts interviews of applicants on January 6 and 7, 2017.

Contact information

Program coordinator: Rebecca Slattery
Phone number: 410-502-7381
Program directorScott D. Lifchez, M.D.
Phone number: 410-550-0407

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