Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Surgery

Plastic Surgery Overview

The integrated plastic surgery residency is one of the earliest established training models to accept medical students directly into the program.  Plastic surgery residents are the direct responsibiity of the plastic surgery program director.  The program was recently accredited for a full five years by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). A unique feature of the program is a mandatory one year of research that occurs between the first three and the final three clinical years, for a total of seven years.  We believe that this sets up the chief residents for a career in academic plastic surgery.  

Clinical Experience

The teaching hospitals of the McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University as well as Shriners Hospital for Children provide clinical experience in the management of patients in all major areas of plastic surgical practice.

For the 6 years of clinical training, approximately 4 1/2 years are specific plastic surgery rotations.  The remaining months are spent to ensure a well-rounded education in surgery.  The training rotations fulfill the requirements of the plastic surgery residency review committee (RRC).  

Outpatient Clinics

The McGaw Medical Center hospitals and outpatient departments operate active plastic surgery clinics, including a multidisciplinary cleft palate teams.  The residents will assume a fair degree of autonomy in clinics at the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center and the Shriner's Hospital of Chicago.  There is also a chief resident aesthetic clinic that has been ongoing for over two decades that provides affordable cosmetic surgery to the Chicago community.

Housestaff Research Portal

Feinberg has the infrastructure and resources to assist McGaw trainees interested in conducting scientific research. Visit our Housestaff Research Portal to learn more.