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Goals of Training

First & Second Year

By the end of the first and second year the resident will be competent in:

  1. Communicating effectively with resident staff, faculty, nursing and others such that
    patients with emergent needs may be safely transferred from off campus or on campus
    to the environment appropriate to their specific need within the VAMC, IU Health and
    Wishard Systems.
  2. Obtaining consultation from appropriate services for elective cases of patients on campus.
  3. Utilizing the appropriate information systems on and off campus to provide excellent
    patient care and to facilitate his/her further education.
  4. Delivering a comprehensive one hour didactic conference on a selected topic.
  5. Evaluating his own educational progress through regular recording and review of
    cases performed and by meeting with faculty and the Program Director and
    communicating those needs to the faculty and the Program Director.
  6. Communicating with patients and families a treatment plan including appropriate
    informed consent for operation. Describing that treatment plan clearly to other
    physicians and recording it in textural and other forms.
  7. Leading a team consisting of plastic surgeons, general surgeons, nurses, PA's,
    medical students and others to perform excellent patient care.
  8. Obtaining the knowledge and technical skills to perform procedures and solve
    patient care problems and perform operative procedures encountered in specific
    rotations.
  9. Performing microsurgical vascular anastomosis and neural repair on a
    laboratory animal.
  10. Practice and demonstrate excellence in professionalism, ethical behavior, participation
    and attendance, reliability, development as an educator, compliance with all
    administrative duties and responsibilities.

Third Year

By the end of the third year the resident will be competent in all of the previously noted skills and:

  1. Assessing aesthetic patients for their suitability for operation and choosing an
    appropriate operative or non-operative approach.
  2. Describing patient care actions in CPT language in an accurate and ethical
    fashion.
  3. Writing a medical paper (case report, chapter, etc) of publication quality and present
    it at a Plastic Surgery Meeting.
  4. Accurately assessing the performance of first year residents, rotating residents
    from other services and medical students.
  5. Evaluating the accuracy, validity and usefulness of a publication or presentation
    on plastic surgery.
  6. Practice and demonstrate excellence in professionalism, ethical behavior, participation
    and attendance, reliability, development as an educator, compliance with all
    administrative duties and responsibilities.

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