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The resident is exposed to all the cases and consults generated in the hospital. Six active plastic surgery attendings and one full-time Research Faculty member field a wide variety of cosmetic, reconstructive, and hand cases.

The resident will supervise at least one surgical intern on their monthly rotation as well as two to three medical students. He/she will guide the team regarding their clinical duties and instruct them regarding current cases and principles of plastic surgery.

Close communication between the resident and attending surgeon is mandatory. The resident coordinates the scheduling of elective consult cases and urgent cases to fit into the daily operative schedule. The resident possesses knowledge of cases to be covered outside of the weekly schedule, he/she is responsible for studying the weekly schedule and assisting with allocation of residents to key cases. General plastic surgery clinic on Monday afternoon is staffed by an attending surgeon as well as the VA resident. The resident will assist if his/her schedule permits.


The McGuire VA Medical Center offers quality health care services and is part of the largest integrated health care system in the U.S.. We receive referrals from other VAs for difficult plastic and reconstructive problems including trauma and head/neck reconstruction.

A well-run, well-equipped Spinal Cord Unit provides vast experience in the management of paraplegia/ tetraplegia. This includes flaps to trunk and lower extremity, tendon transfer and balancing, and functional muscle transfers to the upper limb. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays are the usual operating days.

Wednesday is dedicated to the combined hand/upper extremity reconstruction clinic followed by general plastic surgery clinic. Faculty attending surgeons participate in all aspects of the decision-making process and surgical procedures. Difficult or interesting cases are discussed in the Monday morning pre-op conference. Residents are allowed progressive responsibility as they advance through the training program.

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General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:
    -  MCV Plastics Clinic, Critical Care Hospital, 8th floor
     - VA Plastics Clinic, McGuire VA Hospital

Cosmetic Surgery:
    - Resident Cosmetic Surgery Clinic (monthly: Wednesday & Friday afternoons)
   -  Private pre-op/post-op clinics (regularly held by individual staff members)
   -  Specialty Clinics: Craniofacial; MCV Ortho/Hand; VA Hand/Tetraplegia
   -  Resident Cosmetic Surgery Clinic

VCU Medical Center, Critical Care HospitalEducation is an important part of the activity of residents. The highly structured training program provides us with a way to share knowledge and expertise in order to give the best quality of care to our patients and perform surgery of the highest standard. An important part of the science and art of plastic surgery is to use our knowledge and experience to help our patients understand what can be accomplished with minimum risk for the best overall result.

Plastic surgery provides the opportunity to gain a better balance between the way we look and the way we feel. In most instances, the goal of aesthetic surgery is to improve the patient's sense of well-being while respecting and preserving that individual's unique attributes. Our goal is successful surgery and a satisfied patient.


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