The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency program at Wake Forest School of Medicine accepts two applicants per year into a six-year integrated program. It is an ACGME-accredited program.

The first 24 months include a diverse collection of rotations centered on understanding general surgery and the surgical sub-specialties, while the final years are dedicated to clinical training in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

Some of our program highlights include:

  • We’re one of the oldest integrated residency training programs in the country, and have been fully integrated for more than 15 years.
  • We have a high success rate on the written and oral exams for licensure.
  • We have a high operative volume with graduated autonomy. Last year’s chief residents graduated with more than 5,000 index cases each.
  • We provide residents opportunities to do two medical mission trips, during the 3rd year and the 5th-6th year.
  • We provide support for high quality clinical and bench research while in residency.
  • We have an independent chief cosmetic clinic with the opportunity to do procedures on your own, while having faculty available for support.
  • We provide support for additional needs such as cameras, loupes and books.

Program Goals

Goals of our program include:

  • To graduate highly competent technical plastic surgeons who have a passion to excel for their patients
  • To teach the breadth and depth of plastic surgery, and provide graduated autonomy in the Operating Room so when residents finish their training, they feel comfortable with anything that encounter in the Emergency Room or in clinic
  • To provide a thoughtful analysis of the literature, and teach surgeons how to continue lifelong learning
  • To provide a supportive environment in which everyone is happy to be training in, making them feel like family among the residents and faculty

Program Benefits Highlights

As a resident of Wake Forest you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • On-call resources (rooms, meals, etc.)
Learn more about the standard benefits available to Wake Forest Residents. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.