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Department of


Residency Program in Plastic, Reconstructive, Hand and Burn Surgery

The Division of Plastic Surgery faculty are committed surgeon educators who have developed an expanded educational environment to help fulfill their mission of providing the best training experience. With the wide variety and volume of clinical opportunities available at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, UC Medical Center, Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children - Cincinnati and in the surrounding community, the division provides excellent educational content for students and residents, while delivering first-rate patient care and providing opportunities for collaborative efforts for both clinical and basic science research in plastic surgery. 

Although each member of the division has unique areas of interest and expertise, their major strength is their core value of teamwork, dedication to excellence and ability to work as a cohesive group. The one-on-one mentorship model is the basis of the training model for UC plastic surgery residents. Their two month-long rotations with each faculty member give them in-depth exposure to the pre-operative evaluation of new patients, surgical planning, care in the operating room, and both inpatient and outpatient post-operative care.

The faculty surgeons are dedicated to providing an environment for training plastic surgeons within the entire spectrum of plastic surgery. The division provides training in the independent (5 + 3) pathway in plastic surgery training as well as the integrated (3 + 3) pathway. The integrated program continues to evolve with more intensive plastic surgery and plastics-related rotations earlier in the training schedule for our junior residents. The rotations, progression, knowledge, skill and responsibility vary according to the pathway and the individual; however, the ultimate level of proficiency and dedication to core values is the same for all residents. The division of Plastic Surgery has initiated the use of the ACGME’s new “Milestones” program for the evaluation of residents.

The residency program was reviewed by the ACGME in 2012 and received continued accreditation. The Division of Plastic Surgery and the UC Department of Surgery are committed not only to meeting but exceeding the new ACGME work hour restrictions. Senior residents are on call an average of every 3rd to 4th night from home.


The clinical and academic conference schedule is based on a curriculum that covers the entire spectrum of plastic surgery. Active participation in conferences by both the faculty and residents enhances the quality of the conferences and improves learning. Presentation skills are a critical part of plastic surgery education, and these skills are developed during the residency. 

Approximately four times per year, cadaver dissection workshops are held on Monday evenings. The chief resident schedules the workshops so that all major anatomic areas are addressed over the course of the academic year. A plastic surgery resident and faculty member are assigned to plan each dissection workshop. Reading of all plastic surgery literature is enthusiastically encouraged. Residents may wish to bring "classic articles" to Journal Club. Journal Club is held off campus at the home of a division member. Residents rotating with pediatric attending plastic surgeons are expected to attend the craniofacial anomalies team meeting held the first Friday of each month at Cincinnati Children's.

Publications and Meetings

Residents are expected to submit a paper to a peer-reviewed journal or text book chapter each academic year. With prior approval, expenses for resident travel to meetings will be paid if the resident is presenting at the meeting. In addition, a stipend of $1,500 per resident is provided for academic travel or to purchase educational materials if all academic requirements have been met. A paper from the chief resident(s) is expected to be submitted to the annual Chief Residents Conference sponsored by the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation.

Program Administration:
Ann Schwentker, MD, Program Director

Plastic Surgery residents

Kathy Hoh, Program Coordinator
Department of Surgery
Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Hand Surgery
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
231 Albert Sabin Way (ML0558)
Cincinnati, OH 45219-0461