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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Residency

How to Apply

All applications and other supporting material for the Plastic Surgery Residency program must be submitted using the ERAS system.

The Following Information is Required:

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 clearly document U.S. 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)

The deadline for receipt of applications is November 1, 2014

Contact Us

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

Plastic Surgery Residency Program Coordinator
Rhonda Atkinson
Residency Coordinator
PO Box 980154
Richmond, VA 23298-0154
Phone: (804) 828-3039

Eligibility Requirements

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.

In Addition:
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).

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