The training program in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Lahey Clinic is dedicated to providing fundamental training in all aspects of plastic surgery, including hand surgery, aesthetic and major reconstruction, breast reconstruction and microsurgery. Because of the volume of information that must be assimilated in only two years, the training program is built upon a foundation of anatomy training, didactic lectures, and operative experience designed to teach the conceptual basis of our specialty, rather than specific procedures. This design has been created in order to build a solid foundation for future academic or private practice, and to provide the basic skills necessary to successfully complete the board examination of the American Board of Plastic Surgery.
The program is a two-year traditional training program with a total of 12 months spent at Lahey Clinic, six months at Maine Medical Center, three months at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, and three months at the Children's Hospital, Boston.
This rotating experience allows exposure to pediatric patients at Children's Hospital, as well as burn and general plastic/reconstructive surgery cases at Brigham and Women's Hospital and perforator flap, body contouring and hand cases at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Residents participate with the Maine Plastic and Hand Surgical Associates, a busy and varied private practice staffed by seven plastic surgeons.
In addition, the resident is afforded the opportunity for basic science and clinical research experience during the residency. This is done with the intention that the resident be able to pursue an academic or research oriented career following training, or if the individual chooses to pursue a private practice career, to be able to approach his or her profession with an inquisitive, intellectually curious attitude.