The Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program encourages all qualified applicants to apply for either one of our program tracks (independent or integrated). In addition, an excellent sub-internship experience is offered for all interested medical students.
Note: We are excited to announce that visiting sub-internships are anticipated to be offered once again beginning August 2021 for US medical students only. Application instructions below.
The Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program offers the opportunity for medical students to rotate at one or more of the affiliated hospitals within the program. Sub-internships are open to fourth year medical students and offer the best chance for students to experience the program first-hand. Students work side-by-side with residents and are exposed to all aspects of plastic surgery including reconstruction, hand surgery, craniofacial and pediatric surgery, breast reconstruction, facial trauma, microsurgery, and aesthetic surgery.
Brigham & Women's Hospital
Massachusetts General Hospital
The goal of the sub-internship rotations is to have students become an integral part of our plastic surgery teams. Students will have ample opportunities to be in the operating room and to help manage the clinical service in general. The ability to interact with residents and faculty on a continuous basis over a period of one month makes the sub-internship an extremely valuable experience for those interested in matching into a competitive residency program. Many sub-interns will end up with valuable research experiences as well after rotating with our program.
Grand Rounds - Wednesdays
Core Crunch resident didactics - Wednesdays
Institution-specific division conferences - Thursdays
Students interested in rotating with our subinternship program this summer/fall must be a US medical student in their final year of school who are entering the NRMP (The Match), for a plastic surgery integrated position.
To apply, email Associate Program Director, Dr. Lydia Helliwell, at firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
A current CV with USMLE scores
Choice of rotation dates (by month, beginning August 2021)
Interested students may also visit the The Harvard Medical School (HMS) Exchange Clerkship Program website for further information and instructions on the sub-internship application process. The HMS Exchange Clerkship Program is one of the largest visiting student programs in the country. Annually, the HMS Registrar's Office processes applications for over 2,000 requests from students from around the world. The program is designed for medical students in their final year of medical school who wish to participate in clinical clerkships offered at HMS-affiliated teaching hospitals. The program is returning this summer for US medical students only August 2021.
For all questions regarding the sub-internship application process please email Associate Program Director Dr. Lydia Helliwell (email@example.com) or visit the HMS Exchange Clerkship Program webpage. All other program specific questions should be directed towards the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program Coordinator, Michele Barnes, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The plastic surgery residency program matches two (2) new residents each year for the three-year independent program.
Residency positions for this track are matched via the advanced plastic surgery match sponsored by the San Francisco Matching Program (SF Match). Our faculty will review all applications for the advanced program during the month of January. Those who are invited to interview will be notified in early February. Interviews occur on a Thursday afternoon and all-day Friday.
Residents who have satisfactorily completed a formal training program (and are board admissible or certified) in general surgery, otolaryngology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, urology, or oral-maxillofacial surgery (the latter requiring 2 years of general surgery training in addition to a MD/DDS or DMD) can apply for the independent program. Successful completion of these ACGME or ADA accredited programs fulfills the prerequisite training requirement. Confirmation by the ABPS (evaluation of training form) regarding the acceptability of the prerequisite training is needed for the ABPS certification process.
The plastic surgery residency program matches three (3) new residents each year for the six-year integrated program.
PGY-1 positions for this program will be matched through the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP). Information regarding registration for the NRMP is available from the Dean's Office at eachmmedical school or at www.nrmp.org.
The application process for the integrated plastic surgery program will go through the ERAS electronic residency application system. Our faculty will review all completed applications for the integrated program during the last two weeks of October. Those who are invited to interview will be notified by early November for a December interview.
Each application is reviewed in its entirety with an eye toward a combination of overall academic excellence, leadership ability, career development potential, and personal character. Although we receive applications from many well-qualified candidates, it is not possible to interview all who apply. Every effort is made to notify applicants of their interview status in a timely manner.
Integrated program interviews will be held November/December 2021.
Independent program interviews will be held March 2022.
Any candidate who is invited to interview must contact the plastic surgery education office to confirm their acceptance of the interview offer. If a confirming phone call or e-mail is not received by the deadline stated on the invitation, an interview will not be scheduled.
Note: Virtual interviews may be held again this year in place of in-person interviews due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Each two-day interview session takes place from mid-Thursday afternoon through late Friday afternoon. Any applicants invited to interview will need to plan to be present for the entire two-day session. Unfortunately individual interviews outside of these group interview sessions cannot be scheduled.
On Thursday afternoon the applicants will participate in a general orientation session during which they will meet the residency program director and chiefs of plastic surgery from each of the teaching hospitals. Individual interview sessions between applicants and the faculty are scheduled throughout the day on Friday. On Thursday evening the applicants will attend a reception with the Harvard Plastic Surgery faculty and residents.
Tours of the teaching hospitals will take place throughout the day on Thursday and Friday. For purposes of scheduling travel arrangements, any invited applicants should plan to be here by 3:00 PM on Thursday. It is anticipated that all interview activities will be completed by approximately 4:00 p.m on Friday.
All questions regarding the residency application should be directed towards the Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency Program Coordinator, Michele Barnes, at email@example.com.