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Yale Plastic Surgery Residency

Through the combined efforts of the 20 full and part-time faculty members, a broad educational program is provided in the basic science, clinical and research aspects of plastic surgery. Balanced experience is provided in the biology of disease and the clinical management of problems in congenital craniofacial deformity, cranial base surgery, vascular anomalies, hand surgery, burns, cancer surgery, maxillofacial and extremity trauma, head and neck tumors, microvascular surgery and aesthetic surgery. The program affords the resident an opportunity to acquire a broad base of knowledge and the core information necessary for Board Certification in Plastic Surgery. The residency is fully accredited by the Residency Review Committee in Plastic Surgery.


The Yale Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency is a fully accredited six-year integrated educational program. A broadly based program, the first few years are characterized by learning essential skills in preoperative and postoperative management, the management of acutely ill patients, critical care management, and increasing experience in plastic surgery and related disciplines. The subsequent years are exclusively devoted to plastic surgery with educational experience in craniofacial, hand and upper extremity, microsurgery for oncologic and traumatic defects, general reconstructive care, and cosmetic surgery.

Tailored for residents in their advanced years of training, our program’s “senior resident clinic,” offers trainees a unique opportunity to hone skills in aesthetic surgery alongside seasoned faculty in cosmetic practice, at two of our ambulatory locations. Through hands-on experience and faculty mentorship, residents gain valuable experience in minimally invasive surgical techniques while providing patients high-value care.

Additionally, in the PGY5 year, residents are able to take advantage of international surgical service in developing countries and three months of individually designed educational program. Residents have elected research and clinical experiences worldwide during this time period.


Weekly conferences include clinical review of cases, didactics, and grand rounds. The section’s grand rounds feature a variety of speakers, including pioneers in plastic and reconstructive surgery worldwide and experts on topics relevant to the practice of medicine. A select number of grand rounds have been recorded and are available for viewing.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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