Independently and in collaboration with other nationally recognized institutions, the Department of Plastic Surgery offers multidisciplinary learning opportunities that span high school through postdoctoral training. The Department maintains a strong commitment to educating the next generation of scientists and physicians and view people as one of its primary products for impacting healthcare in the near future. Academic research fellowships and traineeships are offered under Plastic Surgery-Research Labs or Tissue Regeneration and Molecular Cell Engineering Labs (TRAMCEL).
Clinical Fellowship in Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery
The microvascular reconstructive surgery program was initiated in 1988. To date, there have been over one hundred individuals who have completed the training program. MD Anderson is the top-ranked cancer center in the country for several years running. The Department of Plastic Surgery has nineteen staff members who do a wide variety of oncology-related reconstructive surgery with emphasis on microvascular techniques. Primary areas of involvement include head and neck, breast, chest wall, abdominal wall, pelvic, and extremity reconstruction, with approximately 600 microvascular procedures performed yearly.
Candidates must 1) be board eligible in plastic surgery or its foreign equivalent, 2) have completed a formal plastic and reconstructive surgery training program or its foreign equivalent.
The Department of Plastic Surgery is accepting applications for a one-year fellowship program in microvascular reconstructive surgery. This educational program involves training in advanced microvascular surgery techniques for 12 months, along with the requirement for completion of a clinical or basic science research project during that time. The fellowship is designed to provide advance postgraduate training for plastic surgeons in microvascular reconstructive surgery specifically related to the oncology patient. The MD Anderson Cancer Center offers the unique opportunity for the training of board eligible plastic surgeons interested in microvascular reconstructive surgery involved in the definitive care of all types of cancer treatment.
Goals and Objectives
A fellowship in The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center would expose the trainee to a wide range of both ablative and reconstructive surgery for oncology patients and allow them to act as consultants to all of the clinical services of the hospital for reconstruction of wounds of the head and neck, chest wall, abdomen, perineum and extremities. The objectives of the Microvascular Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship are to: to become familiar with the multi-disciplinary approach to the cancer patient as practiced at MD Anderson Cancer Center; to acquire a special expertise in the evaluation and definitive management of difficult wound problems related to cancer and its care; to develop a practical expertise with many varieties of microvascular flaps for reconstruction in all areas of the body; to complete at least one research project in either clinical research or basic science.
Criteria for Selection of Trainees
Selection will be supervised by the program director with the consultation of other faculty members in the department. Materials solicited for review will include a CV, medical school transcripts, residency and fellowship program director’s recommendation, other letters of reference and a personal statement. Interviews will be required. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is an equal employment opportunity employer.
Basic Curriculum – Duties and Responsibilities
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 is 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 cancer patient. Supplementing the surgical experience gained from over 3800 cases performed annually, there are weekly didactic multi-disciplinary lectures and teaching conferences. In addition, the trainee is exposed to a Combined Conference of all disciplines involved in the care of the cancer patient where treatment decisions of all patients seen that week are reviewed. Ward rounds are made weekly on all microvascular flap patients with various members of the plastic surgery staff. The trainee is responsible for improving microvascular techniques throughout the year, as necessary, through laboratory practice. As the trainee demonstrates progressive expertise with microvascular surgery technique, which also includes harvesting of the microvascular reconstructive flaps, he or she will progressively advance in the level of surgical case participation as well as preoperative and intraoperative planning. The trainee will also have the opportunity both in the clinic, seeing the preoperative patient consult, and also while presenting the patients in the surgical planning conference, to develop microvascular surgery planning skills. The fellow will be required to undertake at least one research project, related to the training.
Curricula vitae and requests for applications should be sent to:Charles E. Butler, M.D.
Professor and Chair of Plastic Surgery
Director, Graduate Medical Education Programs
Department of Plastic Surgery - Unit 1488
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
P.O. Box 301402 Houston, Texas 77230-1402
Alternate Program Contact:
Leanne Frazer, Program Coordinator
Graduate Research Program
Through this program, graduate students from Rice University, The University of Texas at Austin, and The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences may actively participate in ongoing multidisciplinary research opportunities and receive assistance to develop and enhance their choice of studies. Ph.D. and M.S. level students are exposed to a wide array of in vitro, in vivo, ex-vivo techniques and learn how to effectively participate in and lead disparate teams of investigators. Students are assigned both Ph.D. and M.D. mentors to ensure multidisciplinary training.
Summer Internship Program
High school, undergraduate, and medical students are offered Internships sponsored by Summer Program at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. This provides students a clear knowledge of exactly what is involved with being a biomedical researcher. Clinic and operating room observation is provided to place the students' project in perspective. Laboratory work is supplemented by didactic classes covering diverse research topics, including biosafety and scientific ethics. Upon completion of the internship, students prepare an oral and written report.