Kaiser Permanente Medical Center/Fontana and Ontario (two 3-month rotations)
The PGY III and IV resident will spend two 3-month rotations at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Fontana and Ontario, California. This rotation will allow the resident to see a large volume of general plastic surgery patients in a managed care hospital setting. Another goal of this rotation is for the resident to experience approximately 1,900 ambulatory plastic surgery procedures performed yearly, the majority of which involve the management of skin cancer or melanoma. The resident will also benefit from a large volume of reconstructive breast surgery at this facility.
At this facility, the resident will be assigned to one of the multiple full time plastic surgeons, which includes the on-site rotation director. The resident will follow their clinic and elective operating schedule during the week and will have one full day of clinic in which they will see their own follow-up patients. The resident may work with other attending staff on unusual or special operative cases. The resident will operate under the direct supervision of an attending physician (as the operating surgeon or first assistant). The resident will not have supervisory responsibility for other residents or trainees.
During this assignment, the resident will be responsible for night call on approximately every third night/weekend basis for hand trauma and emergency room coverage, during which he/she will independently evaluate and prepare patients for the operating room. Because the resident will be assigned to a schedule with specific attending staff on specific days with consideration taken for the resident's particular interests.