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is residency after med school done with a plastic surgeon if you're looking to become one?

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Sarah’s Answer

There are two ways to become a plastic surgeon.

The first is to match into general surgery, complete that residency (5-6 years) then do a plastic surgery fellowship (3 years).

The second is to match directly into plastic surgery residency right out of medical school. This shortens the oath to 5-6 years.

ENT surgeons are also able to complete a facial plastics fellowship, but they do not practice the full scope of plastic surgery (ie breast and body) as their residency and fellowship training are focused on head and neck.

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Rachel’s Answer

Agree with above. After 4 years of medical school you will either do 5 years general surgery + 3 years plastics fellowship OR an integrated 6 year plastics residency. The integrated plastics residency is much more competitive than the general surgery route but leads to the same degree.

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Estelle’s Answer

Yes, but it is with a group of plastic surgeons, not just one. You will be in a group of residents working together to train.

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Richard’s Answer

After medical school you can either do general surgery residency for 5 years followed by plastics fellowship or a 6 year combined program.

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