Plastic Surgery Education

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Jeffrey B. Friedrich, MD, Associate Professor,
Plastic Surgery Division,
Director, Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program

The Division of Plastic Surgery is committed to developing surgical skills among residents and faculty. Our conferences educate students, residents, fellows and faculty. They showcase Division and other visiting faculty and foster camaraderie within the Department of Surgery as well as the local surgical community. We strive for an exciting environment that fosters the intellectual development of students, residents, fellows and practicing physicians alike. Our motto is: Examine, critically analyze, and change what needs to be changed.

Residency Program

The University Of Washington Division Of Plastic Surgery matches senior medical students to a six-year, integrated Plastic Surgery program. In the first three years much of the experience will be the same as those for categorical General Surgery residents, but with added experiences in areas pertinent to Plastic Surgery. The last three years are solely devoted to Plastic Surgery.

The goal of the Plastic Surgery program is to train Plastic Surgeons in all four parts of academic medicine: patient care, medical education, medical research and administration.

The Plastic Surgery program, like the Surgery program, utilizes four University-affiliated hospitals. In addition, the program for the Division of Plastic Surgery includes a 4 month rotation in a private office and rotations to a community practice during the first three years. The hospitals include the University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC), Harborview Medical Center (HMC), the Seattle Veterans’ Administration Puget Sound Health Care System (VA), and Seattle Children’s Hospital (SCH).

Burn Surgical Critical Care Fellowship: One Year

The Burn Surgical Critical Care Fellowship at Harborview Medical Center is a one year clinical fellowship that is designed to provide a wide range of experience in the acute and long-term care of the burned patient.

Hand Surgery Fellowship

The University of Washington Hand Surgery Program covers the affiliated University hospitals, which include the University of Washington Medical Center, Harborview Medical Center, and Seattle Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

The Hand Surgery Program is a cooperative effort by the Department of Orthopedic Surgery and the Division of Plastic Surgery. Residents from both Orthopedic Surgery and Plastic Surgery also take part in the Hand Surgery Program. For a complete description of the Hand Surgery Fellowship please visit the Orthopedics website.

Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

This fellowship program is non-ACGME and non-accredited. The microsurgery fellowship is based on a large clinical referral base from five states. The fellowship educational experience is intrinsically linked to the UW Medicine Center for Reconstructive Surgery, a multi-disciplinary team with coordinated clinical and academic activities.

Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship

The craniofacial surgery fellowship program is managed by the administrative staff at Seattle Children’s Hospital and more information regarding this fellowship can be found at the Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship page >>