Didactics

  • Our current conference schedule includes all topics required by the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery Curriculum Guide. This is currently a 2-year curriculum; however, we are currently working to expand to a 3-year curriculum as our program transitions from a combined to integrated approach. Conferences are typically held in the morning before operative cases.
  • Hand Conference (every 2nd and 4th Tuesday): Faculty and hand fellows discuss specific topics assigned by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or specific cases encountered in the Emergency Department, clinic, or operating room.
  • Trauma Conference (every 1st and 3rd and 5th Tuesday): Faculty and residents present cases from preceding weeks and discuss initial management of the injury, review radiologic findings, and discuss operative management and ongoing patient care challenges for each case.
  • Core Curriculum (every Wednesday): Questions from the ACAPS CoreQuest curriculum are assigned to each resident. These questions are reviewed and discussed with a faculty member who is an expert in the weekly topic. This is currently a 2-year curriculum.
  • Grand Rounds (every Wednesday): Medical professionals from our own division and other related specialties discuss topics related to the practice of plastic surgery
  • Cleft/Craniofacial Conference (every Friday): This is a multidisciplinary conference for residents on the St. Louis Children's Hospital rotation. This is an interactive teaching conference by a faculty member followed by a comprehensive review of patients seen in our multidisciplinary team clinic. Residents will be exposed to all aspects of cleft and craniofacial care including surgical management, psychology, speech pathology, audiology, and pediatric orthodontics and dentistry.
  • M&M (6 times per year during Grand Rounds): The division conducts traditional Morbidity & Mortality Conference reviewing critical cases. We also incorporate cases of high educational interest and uniqueness.
  • Journal Club (monthly): An assigned resident and faculty member choose journal articles from PRS and other monthly journals. All residents are encouraged to attend this conference. Residents will review the papers and critically analyze its structure and scientific merit. These journal clubs are often sponsored by the department or medical representative and are held outside of the hospital.
  • Special lectures: Two to three times per year, the division hosts a visiting professor who is a leader and expert in their field.  The professor spends an afternoon and the following morning giving lectures, moderating discussions and reviewing challenging cases with the residents and faculty. For the past 2 years, we have enjoyed a division outing to a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game as a special event for our guest.
  • Cadaver labs: Faculty arrange a number of educational opportunities at a local anatomy and surgical education center. These are led by a faculty member and include training on plating techniques, operative approaches, and detailed dissections of pertinent anatomy.
  • Microsurgical training: At the beginning of the 4th year of training, a faculty member will accompany residents individually to the laboratory where they are given an introductory course in microsurgery technique. The laboratory, which includes a state-of-the-art operating microscope, microsurgical instruments, suture and simulated vein material as well as blood vessels from laboratory rats, is available for resident use.