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Clinical Rotations

Plastic surgery faculty discuss a case.

The six-year Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency Program at Mayo Clinic Rochester adopts a mentorship model of training that assigns each resident to a single faculty member (Consultant Plastic Surgeon) for two-month rotations. During this time, you will be responsible for all operating room cases, outpatient clinics, and inpatient care under the supervision of one Consultant Plastic Surgeon.

This educational continuity allows graduated progression of knowledge and technical skills with 1:1 mentorship at all levels of your training. Your clinical training covers all subspecialty areas of plastic surgery and you will assume increasing responsibility for patient care pre-operatively, operatively, and post-operatively over the course of your residency.

Residents in the Integrated Plastic Surgery Program are anticipated to meet all required index case numbers and ACGME milestones by the time they enter the Chief Resident year.

Rotation schedule


Plastic surgery 3 months
General surgery 1 month
Vascular surgery 1 month
Trauma surgery 1 month
Orthopedic trauma surgery 1 month
Emergency medicine 1 month
Surgical ICU 1 month
Pediatric surgery 1 month
Dermatology 1 month
Transplant surgery 2 weeks
Anesthesia 2 week


Plastic surgery 4 months
General surgery 2 months
Oculoplastic surgery 1 month
Oral and maxillofacial surgery 1 month
Head and neck surgery 1 month
Surgical oncology (breast/melanoma) 6 weeks
Hand surgery 6 weeks


During the final four years of residency, you will be the primary resident on a plastic surgery service in a 1:1 mentorship model. You will rotate with all of the consultants over the course of your training and cover all of the subspecialty areas including:

  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction and Aesthetic Breast Surgery
  • Aesthetic Surgery
  • Transgender Surgery
  • Lymphedema Surgery

Arizona rotation

As a PGY-4 resident, you will spend two months rotating in Scottsdale, Arizona at a private facial aesthetic surgery practice (Paradise Valley Cosmetic Center) under the mentorship of Daniel Shapiro, M.D. (Director of Aesthetic Surgical Training).

Elective rotation

As a Chief Resident, you will have the opportunity to arrange a one-month elective rotation in any subspecialty area and institution of your choosing. Elective rotations must meet the criteria set by the Mayo Clinic School of Graduate Medical Education and be approved by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Recent elective rotations include:

  • Reconstructive Microsurgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery, (Hung Chi Chen, M.D., Ph.D.), China Medical, Taiwan
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery/ Brachial Plexus, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
  • Facial Aesthetic Surgery (Bryan Mendelsson, M.D.), Melbourne, Australia
  • Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery (Joseph Losee, M.D.), University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Craniofacial Surgery, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
  • Transgender Surgery (Stan Monstrey, M.D., Ph.D.), Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium