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Welcome to Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

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The VCU Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division’s Integrated Residency Program is looking for people who have a sincere passion for serving others. Unique among the surgical disciplines, we do not define ourselves by an organ system but rather by a set of tools which are applied to complex challenges specific to each patient. We care for the whole person, helping people to look, feel, and function at their very best. Plastic surgeons work in a variety of diverse and stimulating sub-specialties including burn surgery, cleft and craniofacial plastic surgery, vascular anomalies and pediatric plastic surgery, wound healing, breast reconstruction, hand surgery, aesthetic surgery, and microsurgery.


We offer an integrated plastic surgery training program, with a schedule of rotations designed to maximize the resident learning experience. Fully accredited, we accept two new residents a year for our program. Residents gain experience in all aspects of plastic, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery and its sub-specialties.


The training program provides a wide variety of experience treating patients from the prenatal period through advanced age. Residents gain experience in patient evaluation, preoperative and operative planning, surgical procedures, and post-operative management.

Rotations within plastic surgery include: Hand surgery, burn surgery, cleft/craniofacial surgery, vascular anomalies and pediatric plastic surgery, aesthetic, microsurgery, and general reconstructive procedures.

Off-service rotations include: Anesthesia; dermatology; radiology; orthopedics; otolaryngology; vascular surgery; surgical oncology. Dedicated, individualized research rotations are part of the mid-level curriculum.

Resident rotations take place in a variety of medical environments including a tertiary hospital setting at VCU Health MCV campus, community hospitals, and the McGuire Veterans Medical Center. Outpatient clinics include the VCU Health system as well as private practice settings. During the chief year, residents participate in a one week plastic surgery rotation in Kingstown, St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Program Rotations

Plastic Surgery Residency Program World Pediatric Project global surgery mission in St. Vincent

Through a partnership with World Pediatric Project, residents accompany faculty to Kingstown, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, for exposure to plastic surgery in a low-resource setting.

Patients travel from the surrounding eight islands for evaluation and may receive pediatric plastic surgery services at Milton Cato Hospital. Resident are also involved in the care of international patients with a variety of complex craniofacial needs who travel to Richmond for expert services.

VCU Program for Global Surgery: “Pediatric Plastic Surgery Experience”


Residents participate in research throughout their time in our program. All incoming residents are encouraged to attend an “Introduction to Research Workshop.” In addition, they experience dedicated research time and are expected to publish a peer-reviewed manuscript during their training. Funding is available for residents whose research is accepted for presentation at national academic meetings. Residents are also provided funding to attend a conference of their choosing during their chief year.

VCU provides wide-breadth potential research opportunities in which to collaborate across the campus including with School of Pharmacy, College of Engineering, School of the Arts, School of Medicine, and School of Dentistry.

The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has active collaborations with Department of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Human Genetics, Department of Sculpture, Department of Orthodontics, and VCU Simulation & Patient Safety Center (ACS accredited educational institute for Surgical Simulation).

VCU News: “Engineer, artist, and surgeon create 3D training model for surgery residents

Santosh Kale, MD, plastic surgery and microsurgery specialist teaching plastic surgery residents


The application process is through ERAS. We accept applicants out of medical school. All applications and other supporting material for the Plastic Surgery Residency program must be submitted using the Electronic Residency Application Services system.

Go To:  ERAS®


The following information is required to apply:

Completed application
Three (3) letters of recommendation from U.S. or Canadian physicians, including the Chair of Surgery or designee Dean's letter (or equivalent), IMG's must have letters of recommendation which document clearly US or Canadian clinical experience
Medical school transcript
Personal statement
Results of standardized tests: USMLE, NBME, FLEX, FMGEMS or equivalent
All in-service exams
ECFMG certificate (IMG applicants)

Applicants are expected to display commitment to a career in surgery, strong analytical ability, good judgment, proven academic skill and be of sound moral character.

All applicants must be within four years of graduation from medical/dental school or direct patient care activity (either independent or ACGME, AOA, or ADA accredited residency). Non-clinical graduate work in the US or Canada does not meet this requirement.

All applicants must have a minimum of three months of U.S. or Canadian direct patient care activity. For U.S. and Canadian Medical and Dental students, their clinical rotations during medical or dental school will meet this requirement. For IMG's, externships of direct patient care will meet this requirement, observerships do not qualify.

All residents must have passed Part 1 of USMLE or equivalent All residents must register as appropriate for Part 2 of the USMLE or equivalent and must pass Part 2 by June of the end of their first year or will be placed on probation until passing. There is no minimum board score requirement.

Any ECFMG certified applicant who has not been enrolled in a United States or Canadian residency program within eighteen months of being issued his/her ECFMG certificate must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language Exam (TOEFL) and obtain a score of at least 600 before beginning their residency. The Test of Spoken English (TSE) and Test of Written English (TWE) are also required. Excellent spoken and written command of the English language.

Current and appropriate Visa or equivalent, if not US citizen (VCU ACCEPTS ONLY J-1). Licensed to practice medicine in Virginia (or eligible).

How to Contact Us


Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Graduate Training Program
VCU Medical Center
Box 980154
Richmond, VA 23298-0154

Residency Program Coordinator

Gayle Meadows
Phone: (804) 827-1241

Congratulations to our 2018 graduating chiefs!!
Amy Hite, MD / VCU Plastic Surgery Chief, 2018
Amy Kite, MD
Amy Hite, MD / VCU Plastic Surgery Chief, 2018
Maryann Martinovic, MD


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Jennifer Rhodes, MD
Jennifer L. Rhodes, MD
Program Director
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency

Residency Program Coordinator:
Gayle Meadows

Delivery Address:
West Hospital
16th Floor, North Wing
1200 E. Broad St.
Richmond, VA 23298
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Mailing address:
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Graduate Training
Box 980154
Richmond, VA 23298-0154

Phone: (804) 823-3033
Fax: (804) 828-0489




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