Training Program

Since 1978 the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Residency program at UC Davis has provided comprehensive training in the science and art of plastic and reconstructive surgery.  Our program is fully accredited by the ACGME and offers two distinct residency pathways to become a plastic surgeon: the six-year Integrated Residency and the three-year Independent Residency.  Each pathway offers one residency position per application year. 

Integrated Residency 

The Integrated Residency is a six-year program with one position annually for graduating medical students. The program allows applicants to match into our program at the completion of medical school. It consists of three years of rotations through various specialties including Hand Surgery, Dermatology, Oculoplastics, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Burns, Surgical Oncology, ENT, Urology, General, and Plastic Surgery followed by three years of dedicated Plastic Surgery training. Integrated residents attend plastic surgery didactics starting the first day of their training.

Independent Residency 

The Independent Residency is a three-year program with one position annually for these who have completed a five-year ACGME approved general surgery residency. This program matches applicants who will have completed an ACGME-accredited residency program in General Surgery, Otolaryngology, Neurological Surgery, Urology, Orthopedic Surgery, or accredited Oral and Maxillofacial training. We appreciate and value the breadth and depth that our Independent Residents add to our plastic and reconstructive surgery program. The UC Davis Department of Plastic Surgery has a long history of offering an Independent Residency pathway program and remains committed to continuing this tradition of training.


Application Requirements

ERAS applications must include the following:

  • CV

  • ERAS common application

  • Personal statement

  • Three letters of recommendation (at least two from the plastic surgery discipline)

  • Dean's letter

  • Transcripts