This three-year program is an independent model that follows prior graduate surgical training and is designed to provide graduating residents with a comprehensive clinical experience and knowledge of the basic principles of plastic and reconstructive surgery. The operative and clinical experience available to the fellows is of sufficient volume and diversity to provide a broad and fundamental understanding of all aspects of the specialty.
The residents rotate through five affiliated hospitals and on rotations that include aesthetics, trauma, pediatric/clefts/craniofacial, hand and upper extremity, and adult reconstructive surgery. There are also opportunities to rotate with plastic surgery sub-specialties in such areas as head and neck, oculoplastic, and primary burn care and reconstruction (adult and pediatric).
More than 160,000 people are treated annually at the university's primary teaching facilities. UofL residents may participate in a wide array of patient treatment strategies and emerge from their time here with the confidence, knowledge and experience to meet almost any professional challenge.
We also have specialized training facilities to assist the fellow in achieving educational goals. These include the Microsurgery Training Laboratory, Fresh Tissue Dissection and Surgical Practice Laboratory, and the Aesthetic Center.
The fellows also actively participate in the busy basic science research that is ongoing in the Division. Our residents generally complete 1,500 cases over the 3-year training period. Regarding our graduates, approximately 25 percent enter academics, 25 percent pursue further fellowship training, and over the years we have had very high pass rates for Board Certification.
The University of Louisville Division of Plastic Surgery has a strong academic commitment that includes basic and clinical research. We are affiliated with some of the most productive research Laboratories in the nation and there is a vigorous basic science and clinical research program ongoing in the Division. This provides an important experience for all residents.
Call is every fourth day. Finally, through an extensive list of weekly conferences, monthly ournal clubs, rounds, didactic lectures and symposia, fellows are optimally prepared for diverse clinical challenges in practice, as well as for In-Service Examinations and certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery program is at five affiliated hospitals of the University of Louisville clustered into a medical center complex in Louisville, Kentucky. Our academic faculty is comprised of six full-time members, three full-time researchers, and an active volunteer clinical faculty of approximately 30 members.
Our program is noted for the breadth, depth and balance of clinical experience and for the challenging clinical complexity of case material.
Our laboratory research program has become widely acclaimed and adopted many microsurgical techniques. We have pioneered and developed many new flaps and have pioneered composite allograft transplantation, including the worlds first successful hand transplantation.
This program is an independent model, three-year program designed to provide graduating residents with a comprehensive clinical experience and knowledge of the basic principles of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
The University of Louisville Plastic Surgery Program was founded by Leonard Weiner in 1973. Since then, more than 70 Plastic Surgery residents have graduated from our program. University of Louisville is known for pioneering many advances and techniques in Plastic Surgery, including: liposuction, microsurgery, muscle flap physiology, hand surgery, and surgical anatomy. Dr. Weiner brought suction-assisted lipoplasty to the United States after touring with the first ASPS expedition that investigated its use abroad.
Dr. Weiner also developed and initiated the implementation of the match system we use in Plastic Surgery for independent programs. Dr. Robert Acland is well-known for his pioneering work in the field of microsurgery and surgical anatomy, and he still directs our Fresh Tissue Anatomy Lab. Dr. Gordon Tobin was the first to describe and publish many muscle flaps and their modifications that we commonly use today. Dr. Morton Kasdan has many publications and books, including the first thumb revascularization procedure with Dr. Kleinert. Dr. Larry Florman was the first Plastic Surgery resident at the University of Louisville, and he remains as a full-time faculty member as Assistant Director of Education. Dr. Bradon Wilhelmi became Leonard Weiner Professor and Chief of the Division in 2007.
This mission of the University of Louisville Plastic Surgery Residency Program is to provide an environment optimal for learning all aspects of Plastic Surgery through an expansive clinical volume in a multi-institutional setting, with a diverse and inclusive conference curriculum. Ultimately, we strive to develop Plastic Surgeons with impeccable ethical and professional conduct, and the skills and knowledge to become Board Certified and leaders in the Plastic Surgery field.
The goals and objectives of this program are to educate plastic surgeons that are analytical and scholarly in their approach to surgical problem solving, broadly experienced in all fields of the specialty, safe in their application of judgment and technique, and ultimately self-educating in a lifelong continuing medical education process.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency Coordinator
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Andrea Sinclair, PMP
Division of Plastic Surgery
University of Louisville School of Medicine