The first year of training is specifically designed to provide an introduction to plastic surgery and generate a well-rounded understanding of surgical patient care. Rotations are structured with core plastic surgery rotations and core general surgery rotations. Residents will spend 12 weeks of the first year on dedicated plastic surgery rotations including both aesthetic and reconstructive rotations throughout the various UC San Diego sites.
Additional core surgery rotations include trauma, burn surgery, general surgery, and vascular surgery. These core surgical rotations are designed to facilitate a clear understanding of critical patient management, as well as pre- and post-operative patient care.
Residents will also have the opportunity to rotate through specialty services including anesthesia, emergency medicine and neurosurgery. Each specialty rotation will provide the resident with exposure to ancillary surgical services and generate an understanding of common environments for plastic surgery practice.
The combination of plastic surgery, core surgery and specialty rotations provide the first year resident with a clear knowledge base as they begin their surgical training.