Academic Mission

The residency training program at Washington University School of Medicine was founded by Dr. Vilray Blair — one of the founders of the plastic surgery specialty in the early 20th century. Our program has had a strong role in the development of plastic surgery. Many plastic surgeons who trained under Blair and subsequent chairs have gone on to become leaders in academic medicine as well as introducing innovations in plastic surgery. Our residency program remains committed to training outstanding physicians for careers in plastic and reconstructive surgery in an academically oriented environment.

The implementation of the curriculum will provide the opportunity for the resident to attain the following goals during their course of training. While there are set objectives for each clinical year, overall objectives for our clinical training program are as follows:

  • Provide learning experiences based on measurable objectives for education of plastic surgeons during the residency
  • Integrate principles of basic sciences with clinical experiences
  • Promote a broad understanding of the role of plastic surgery and its interaction with other medical disciplines such as general surgery, general medicine, psychiatry and pediatrics
  • Provide for progressive responsibility from initial patient care to complete patient management
  • Foster effective interdisciplinary collaborative relationships
  • Provide plastic surgery residents with the ability to function as teachers and consultants
  • Foster continuing education to promote lifelong individual initiative and creative scholarship
  • Prepare plastic surgery residents to use research technology and skills in conducting studies that assist in solving surgical problems
  • Develop professional leadership and management skills
  • Promote understanding of the economic, legal and social challenges of contemporary and future surgery