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The Plastic and Reconstructive Fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is a unique fellowship that offers broad exposure to reconstructive procedures after oncologic resections.
The fellows will participate in the management of complex reconstructive problems that relate to many areas in reconstructive surgery. These include breast reconstruction, head and neck reconstruction, chest wall and extremity reconstruction, etc. The principal areas of training consist of microsurgical free tissue transfers, myocutaneous flap coverage, and breast reconstruction.
There are over 250 to 300 elective free tissue transfers done each year for tumor-related problems, and there are another 50 additional microsurgical procedures, including nerve grafting. The fellows participate in over 500 breast reconstruction procedures, such as autologous tissue reconstruction, tissue expansion, and implants and symmetrization procedures. The fellows are responsible for all preoperative and postoperative patient care, and they will perform operations under the direction of an attending surgeon. They will also gain experience in the clinics, as well as attend rounds, conferences, lectures, and seminars. There is ample opportunity to conduct research on oncologic surgery.