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Medical Students Interested in Plastic Surgery (MedSIPS)

Welcome to the Aesthetic Society’s medical student webpage, developed exclusively for medical students interested in plastic surgery (MedSIPS). This webpage provides medical students with information about a career in plastic surgery, learn about the residency application process, and gain access to programs specifically developed for MedSIPS. We hope this webpage is helpful to all of you. 

What is plastic surgery?

Plastic surgery is a unique specialty in that it is not bound by any anatomical region of the body, organ system, or age group. Instead, plastic surgery is best described as a specialty that applies knowledge of anatomy and physiology in combination with innovative techniques to restore or improve both form and function.  Plastic surgery encompasses both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. While reconstructive surgery aims to restore the body’s normal form and function, the goal of aesthetic surgery is to improve upon the normal form.

Specific areas in plastic surgery include:

Aesthetic (Cosmetic) Surgery
Breast Reconstruction
Burn Surgery
Composite Tissue Allotransplantation
Craniofacial Surgery
Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Head and Neck Reconstruction
Peripheral Nerve Surgery

How do I become a plastic surgeon?

In the United States, there are two pathways, integrated and independent, leading to examination for board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. Following completion of medical school, there is a 6 year integrated plastic surgery residency. Alternatively, following completion of residency training in general surgery, otolaryngology, orthopedic surgery or urology, there is a 3 year independent plastic surgery fellowship.

In Canada, there is a 5 year plastic surgery residency leading to examination for board certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Medical Students Symposium

If you are currently enrolled as a full-time student in medical school and interested in a future career in plastic surgery you are invited to attend The Aesthetic Meeting free of charge! The meeting registration fee is waived for medical students with a certification letter from the Dean of Admissions. Medical Students may attend the Society scientific meeting, Welcome Reception, exhibits, all coffee breaks and lunches, Residents and Fellows Forum and Medical Students Interested in Plastic Surgery, you will also receive the Program App, and online access to abstracts and course handouts.

If you have any questions about meeting registration please contact ASAPS by emailing tiffany@surgery.org.

Useful Links

Plastic Surgery Residency Programs 
Plastic Surgery Interest Groups
About ASAPS  http://www.surgery.org/consumers/about
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) http://acgme.org/acWebsite/home/home.asp
National Resident Matching Program (NRMP)   http://www.nrmp.org/
Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) http://www.aamc.org/programs/eras/
San Francisco Matching Program (SF Match)  http://www.sfmatch.org/
Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) http://www.sfmatch.org/
American Board of Plastic Surgery, Inc. http://www.abplsurg.org/ModDefault.aspx   
Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada http://www.rcpsc.medical.org

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