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Craniofacial & Plastic Surgery Fellowship: Curriculum

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Approximately three-quarters of the Fellow’s time will be spent at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, our Level I Pediatric Facility.  There are weekly multidisciplinary clinics in Cleft lip/palate/airway, Craniofacial, and Pediatric Plastic Surgery.  Vascular anomalies clinic (also multidisciplinary) is held monthly.  Pediatric operative experience is from 2-3 days/week. Conferencing includes: Craniofacial conference, Treatment Planning, M+M, Journal Club, Neuro-oncology, Pediatric grand rounds.  Craniofacial lectures are held bi-weekly.

One quarter of the Fellow’s time is spent at our new adult Level I Trauma Center, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas.  During this time, which is interspersed with the pediatric experience, there is Adult craniofacial clinic, encompassing trauma, orthognathic surgery, craniofacial tumors, and head + neck reconstruction, with microsurgery.  Operative experience is 2-3 days/week. 

The Fellow will participate in one week long humanitarian mission to perform cleft lip/palate surgery in a developing country.

Research

The program offers both clinical and basic science research opportunities through the fellowship hospitals and the University of Texas, Austin. There are several existing clinical IRB approved studies ongoing.  The Fellow is encouraged to initiate clinical research and/or may join in existing clinical projects.  There are basic science research opportunities at the University of Texas, Austin within the Department of Biomedical Engineering, or Genetics.  Several joint protocols are in development.  Fellows are expected to participate in research, produce a minimum of one publication and present research at regional and/or national meetings.