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.
Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship
The Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Program is accepting applications for a two-year fellowship in ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery and orbital oncology. The overall goal of this fellowship program is to provide advanced training in surgical and medical treatment of patients with diseases of the orbit, eyelid, ocular adnexae and lacrimal drainage apparatus, and in reconstructive surgery of the ocular and periocular region, a discipline known as ophthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery.
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.