Conference/ Didactic Schedule
Resident education is a highly valued activity for all residents and staff. Residents collaborate with the staff in structuring the various conferences to provide a broad based didactic experience.
Plastic surgery education and board preparation takes place during weekly conferences involving both the USF and clinical affiliate faculty. Visiting professors are recruited nationally through the ASPS, ASMS, ASSH, and Aesthetic Society. Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds occur every Monday afternoon with either a resident or faculty member presenting a major topic in plastic surgery. This is followed by a Clinical Correlation lecture where challenging cases and photos are presented for advanced discussion and debate. The hand service also has weekly conferences with an indications conference (review of cases and x-rays from previous week) on Monday and a core curriculum lecture on Friday. Finally, every 6 months, each resident is responsible for presenting a level appropriate case to prepare for the oral boards. The case is selected from the residents case logs, organized in oral board format, and presented to Drs. Payne and Smith for review.
Typical Weekly Conference Schedule
for junior level residents
||Plastic Surgery Conference
|Plastic Surgery Core Conferences
(including M&M, Grand Rounds,
case presentations, Journal Club)
4:00 to 6:00 pm
USF Health South Tampa Center
||Journal Club – Hand (monthly)
Staff surgeon’s home
Throughout the six year program, residents receive level specific benefits and educational opportunities. First year residents receive a Plastic Surgery Textbook, PGY 2 residents attend the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS) Basic Maxillofacial Course, while the PGY 3 residents attend a Microsurgery Training Certification Course. Residents at the PGY 4 level attend an Oral and Written Board Preparation Course. PGY 5 residents attend a regional Plastic Surgery conference and PGY 6 residents attend the American Society of Plastic Surgery Conference and Senior Resident Conference.