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.