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.

Various cadaver dissection labs occur throughout the year at the Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation Center. Dr. Michael Harrington runs Head and Neck Cadaver labs every 4 months to review approaches to the facial skeleton as well as facial flaps. Extremity and trunk flap labs are performed at various times during the academic calendar.

Mock oral boards take place every 4 months for upper level residents (4th-6th Years). The mock sessions focus on the “unknown” portion of the oral boards in which cases spanning all of plastic surgery can be tested.

Finally, every 6 months, each level resident is responsible for presenting a level appropriate case to Dr. David Smith, Dr. Wyatt Payne, and Dr. Harrington. The case is selected from the residents case logs and organized in oral board format.

 Typical Weekly Conference Schedule 

 Monday  Tuesday  Wednesday  Thursday Friday 
Moffitt Plastic Surgery Case
(focus on upcoming cases and special topics)
Owl’s Den at the Moffitt Cancer 
   Cutaneous Oncology Conference
(interdisciplinary conference focusing on difficult cutaneous
oncology patients with complex issues)
12:00 - 1:00 pm
Owl’s Den at the Moffitt Cancer Center
Hand Conference
(Lecture Series)
7:00 am

Hand Conference
(Case Presentations)
7:00 am
     Plastic Surgery Conference
Bay Pines
General Surgery Conference
(including Grand Rounds, M&M, and Resident Education)
7:00 am - 12:00 pm

(Surgical Services)
7:30 am
Bay Pines
 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) 
6:00 pm
Staff surgeon’s home
 Resident Education
(focus on written and oral board preparation)
6:00 - 7:00 pm
USF Health South Tampa Center

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.

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