Our Fellowship Program
The Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Louisiana State University has long had interest in reconstructive microsurgery. Faculty members at LSU were instrumental in developing innovative techniques, including perforator flap innovations that have now become adopted as standard. Although we have not recently had microsurgical fellows, the expansion of microsurgical experience and the limitation of plastic surgery resident coverage has now made it possible to offer such fellowship training.
The Department of Surgery Section of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has 5 faculty members who do a wide variety of oncology-related reconstructive surgery with emphasis on microsurgical techniques. Primary areas of involvement include head and neck, breast, chest wall, abdominal wall, pelvic, and extremity reconstruction, with an average of over 150 microsurgery procedures performed yearly. Additionally our primary teaching hospital is a level one trauma center which provides opportunity for microsurgical reconstruction of the extremities.
The fellow is expected to be actively involved in patient care in the clinic, operating room, and hospital floors at the working level of a fully trained plastic surgeon. Under the supervision of the faculty surgeons, the fellow will be directly responsible for the primary post-operative management of the microvascular flap reconstructions. He or she will also work closely with the referring physicians in the overall definitive care of the patients. Supplementing the surgical experience, there will be required weekly didactic lectures and teaching conferences. The trainee is expected to demonstrate improving microsurgical skills throughout the year and additional practice time in our microsurgery laboratory can be arranged as needed. As the trainee demonstrates increasing expertise in surgical technique, he or she will progressively advance in the level of surgical case participation. The trainee will also have the opportunity both in the clinic, seeing the preoperative patient consult, and also while presenting the patients at Case Conference, to develop microvascular surgery planning skills. The fellow will be required to undertake at least one research project, related to the training.
Candidates must 1) be eligible for certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery or its Canadian equivalent, 2) have completed an ACGME approved residency in Plastic Surgery or similar training in Canada. 3) Be able to work in the United States or have a J-1 VISA prior to beginning training. Additional details regarding the Microsurgery Fellowship Match can be found on the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery website.