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Teaching Curriculum

anatomy dissection at grand rounds

Grand Rounds

For the complete Teaching Curriculum schedule of events, please visit our department calendarWe frequently share photos from our education sessions on our @hopkinsplasticsurgery Instagram — feel free to check us out!

Each Thursday morning, residents are excused from clinical responsibilities to participate in the Grand Rounds program. The weekly program consists of three sections:

1. Resident presentation on a core plastic surgery topic (6:45 to 7:30 a.m.)

2. Faculty or visiting professor presentation (7:30 to 8:15 a.m.)
    Annual Invited Lectureships:

Dr. Lee with Residents

3. Resident-only sessions moderated by a faculty member or visiting lecturer (8:45 a.m. to noon)
    These vary from week to week and may consist of:

The Annual Resident Research Symposium 

This event showcases the clinical, basic science and translational research of residents, fellows and students within the department. It represents the culmination of their efforts and is one of the department’s most important academic events of the year. The Chi-Tsung Su, M.D., Memorial Prize is awarded to the two best presentations to honor Dr. Su’s legacy and support continued interest and commitment to basic, translational or clinical research in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Learn more

Plastic Surgery Core Curriculum

residents teaching residents

Weekly, resident-led, faculty-moderated small group sessions review a plastic surgery topic in depth. The rotating topic is timed in conjunction with the Grand Rounds programming.

The Stanley A. Klatsky Business of Healthcare Lectureship

Recognizing that residents must also be well-versed with the business aspect of medicine, we have partnered with the Carey School of Business to offer a quarterly lecture series that explores themes such as clinical practice management, leadership, asset management and health care’s changing landscape under reform legislation. Learn more. 

Microsurgery Skills Lab

Residents have access to four operating microscopes with which they can hone their microsurgery skills using kits or animal models. Several formal skills labs are hosted by faculty throughout the year in addition to the year-round open access.

Mock Oral Board Examinations

Residents in their fifth and sixth year of clinical training take part in a rigorous mock oral examination twice a year to help prepare them for the official ABPS oral board examination.

Anatomy Lab at the Maryland State Anatomy Board

The close proximity of the Maryland State Anatomy Board allows residents to take full advantage of regularly scheduled anatomic dissections led by faculty and visiting lecturers. Residents gain hands-on experience with a variety of exposures and flap harvests.

Annual Oncology Reconstruction Course

An annual, multi-institutional flap course focused on principles and procedures related to oncologic reconstruction. The course is hosted by a different participating institution each year, and was most recently held at Hopkins in 2015. Past participants have included faculty and residents from Duke, Johns Hopkins, Harvard, Emory, UNC and University of Colorado. Each year, residents are invited to attend and have the opportunity to network with faculty and residents while gaining valuable hands-on experience.

Selected Topics in Craniomaxillofacial Surgery: An Annual Symposium

A multidisciplinary, international symposium hosted by the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Neurosurgery departments of Johns Hopkins and Harvard/MGH. The symposium features lectures by renowned leaders in the field in addition to an instructional cadaver course. Each year, residents are invited to attend the symposium, the location of which alternates between Baltimore and Boston. Learn more.