Plastic Surgery Residency

Our program provides a unique mixture of private and academic health care exposure.

The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine - Scott & White Plastic Surgery Residency is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).

It is one of four plastic surgery residencies in an educational innovation along with Johns Hopkins, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Michigan. Our residency is a competency-based as opposed to a time based training program. Under the standard integrated model, plastic surgery residency is a minimum of six years, and graduation is based on attaining the ability to practice plastic surgery independently and without supervision. Under our competency-based model, plastic surgery residency is a minimum of five years, and graduation is based on attaining the ability to practice plastic surgery independently and without supervision. In other words, you may be able to graduate from our program in five years instead of six years.

The key components of competency based resident education are:

  • An individualized learning plan developed by the resident and Program Director at the beginning of the residency and adjusted regularly and frequently as the resident progresses through training based on resident performance.
  • A flexible curriculum, including didactic sessions and clinical rotations, which covers the entire breadth of core surgery training and plastic surgery.
  • Frequent, focused assessments that create an accurate picture of resident competence in all six competency areas.
  • Well defined benchmarks that show where the resident is with regards to his or her training, particularly markers that note successful completion of the core surgery requirements, ability to apply for fellowships (two years left), readiness to enter the chief (final) year, and sufficient competency to graduate.


During the first two years of residency, residents’ time is divided between plastic surgery and supporting services, which include anesthesia, dermatology, emergency medicine, general surgery, orthopedic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery and otolaryngology.

Residents spend their final four years exclusively working in the plastic surgery department. Rotations are selected that provide training in areas that can be utilized in a plastic surgery practice and provide insight into overlapping medical disciplines.

Craniofacial Surgery

This rotation provides residents with an opportunity to evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with a full range of craniofacial abnormalities including aesthetic, congenital, traumatic facial fractures and iatrogenic deformities. A large part of the practice includes working with pediatric patients.

Cosmetic Surgery

Each rotation includes a component of cosmetic plastic surgery. Our physicians treat a full range of patients through our dedicated outpatient clinic. The PGY-6 resident has an opportunity to evaluate potential patients, diagnose problems and provide treatment with staff supervision. In addition, residents gain exposure to non-operative modalities including laser treatment and injectable fillers.

Hand Surgery

Residents rotate with board-certified plastic surgeons with special certification in hand surgery. Maladies of bone, muscle, tendon and nerve including congenital, traumatic and iatrogenic deformities as related to the upper extremity are diagnosed and treated with resources available in the emergency department, operating room, outpatient clinic and our hand center – a collaborative clinic with our orthopedic colleagues.


In preparation for microsurgery, residents will work with a murine model to achieve competency with vascular anastomoses to prepare for the operating room. A variety of defects, often of traumatic or iatrogenic nature, will be presented to the surgical team, allowing the opportunity to formulate a solution using advanced technologies and techniques. Among the frequently treated challenges are defects produced by excision of head and neck cancer and breast cancer.

Central Texas VA Health Care System

Practice at the hospital includes a full range of plastic surgical problems and techniques including abdominoplasty, rhinoplasty, breast reconstruction and skin cancer excision.

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In addition to clinical training, residents attend and participate in conferences that enhance their medical knowledge. These include areas of basic sciences as applied to surgery, critical care, trauma, diagnosis, pathology and treatment of surgical diseases. During the first two years of residency, many of these conferences are held in conjunction with the off-service rotations and general surgery department.

Beginning in the second year of residency, residents attend bi-weekly selected readings conferences with the plastic surgery division. PGY-2 through PGY-6 residents attend plastic surgery conferences each Monday and Thursday. These conferences include diagnosis, pathology, complications and administrative concerns specific to plastic surgery.

Plastic Surgery educational rounds are held every Monday and Thursday, with resident led education time on Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • Monday 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM – Division Educational Conference
  • Tuesday 6:50 AM to 7:50 AM – The Basics
  • Wednesday 6:50 AM to 7:50 AM – Directed Readings
  • Thursday 6:30 AM to 8:00 AM – Division Educational Conference

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Residents are required to conduct research during the residency, completing a minimum of two projects published in a peer reviewed journal. Regional, national and international presentations are encouraged with financial support available for travel and publication expenses. The scholarly environment is further enhanced as the Division of Plastic Surgery Education funds residents to attend national professional meetings during their residency and encourages the residents’ involvement in professional organizations (TSPS, ASPS, etc.)

During each of the first three years of training, residents are assigned to a one-month research rotation. In the final years of residency, a biweekly protected afternoon is available to each resident who is actively participating in research.

Each resident also completes a quality assurance (QA) initiative during training. These projects are designed to improve the quality of care provided to our patients. In past years, they have modified the protocols used at our institution for infection control and preoperative pregnancy testing.

The plastic surgery residents are supported with the resources of Baylor Scott & White Health and the Texas A&M University HSC to assist with research. Assistance is available for statistics, Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Institutional Review Committee (IRC) submissions and clinical photography.

  • A mission of healing

    Our residents have opportunities to use their skills to help patients in third-world countries receive much needed surgical care for cleft lip and palate as well as burn and scar repair.

  • Care that extends beyond the hospital walls

    Here, our residents are more than just co-workers. Our program cultivates a family atmosphere inside and outside of the program. That's why we host routine resident socials and family events.

  • Hands-on experience

    With access to simulation labs, our residents are able to practice and gain confidence in new techniques and microsurgery skills.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Our program participates in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) and adheres to its policies and guidelines.

Deadline for applications is October 1.

Application Requirements

Eligible candidates must also submit:

  • CV
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • USMLE Step 1 scores (minimum score of 210)

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Stacy Brister
Phone: 254.724.0630
Fax: 254.724.4650

Plastic Surgery Residency
Baylor Scott & White Health
2401 S. 31st St.
Temple, TX 76508

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Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our residents a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Temple

Temple uniquely offers a combination of access to big-city conveniences while maintaining a small-town atmosphere. Temple has also been ranked among the Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities in Texas and one of America's most affordable places of 2015.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

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