Contact Us

Senior Program Manager, Division of Education
Zusel Matos, MHSA
Phone: 305-585-1280
Email: zmatos@miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
We participate in the SF Match Program. All of our categorical and advanced training class positions are filled through the SF Match. We do not offer out-of-match positions.

All prerequisite training for the Independent Program must have been satisfactorily completed in a program approved by the Residency Review for General Surgery and accredited in the U.S. by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or in Canada by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for full training.

For completion of accredited programs in neurosurgery; ophthalmology; oral and maxillofacial surgery; orthopedic surgery and otolaryngology, satisfactory completion must be verified in writing by the program director. Plastic surgery training may not be less than three years for the Independent Program at the same institution, with the final year at a chief level.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the SF Match Program’s Central Application System.

Deadline:
Please refer to SF Match dates/timelines for application open dates. Interviews are conducted from January to February.

Call Schedule

All fellows, regardless of year, are responsible for taking call. During the first year, the fellow should be on-call no more than every third night. Call schedule will include each junior fellow rotating every third night. On maxillofacial trauma admitting nights, all call will be from home.

All fellows, especially plastic surgery fellows, are expected to provide efficient and prompt response to the needs of the emergency room and trauma center for the management of all facial injuries and all other related plastic surgery admissions. If there is excessive need for the junior fellow, the chief fellow on-call will serve as backup. In addition, a plastic surgery fellow is always on call for any consultation requiring specific plastic surgery expertise. Chief fellows at Jackson Memorial Hospital and the VA Medical Center will alternate call from home and provide satisfactory backup to the juniors. Attending back up is always available by phone or beeper. When necessary, an attending will come to the hospital.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

3100 S.W. 62nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33155

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UHealth Tower

1400 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 and 3 or all steps of the Comprehensive Medical Licensing Examination prior to the start of the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is postgraduate training required in the form of an MD or DO degree from an institution accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Plastic Surgery – Independent Fellowship Program

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery is to enable our fellows to acquire satisfactory clinical skills and a sound basic fund of didactic knowledge; ultimately allowing them to independently practice their chosen specialty of plastic surgery. This is primarily achieved through the progressive process of increasing the residents’ responsibilities and continued self-evaluation based on faculty assessment of individual fellows’ level of achievement in their ability, clinical experience, education and judgment. The ultimate goal and expectation is for every patient to be treated with dignity and respect, and for every individual within our division to create a collegial working environment.

Mission & Vision

The mission of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery is to enable our fellows to acquire satisfactory clinical skills and a sound basic fund of didactic knowledge; ultimately allowing them to independently practice their chosen specialty of plastic surgery. This is primarily achieved through the progressive process of increasing the residents’ responsibilities and continued self-evaluation based on faculty assessment of individual fellows’ level of achievement in their ability, clinical experience, education and judgment. The ultimate goal and expectation is for every patient to be treated with dignity and respect, and for every individual within our division to create a collegial working environment.

Program Director’s Welcome

The goal of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Plastic Surgery – Independent Fellowship Program is to guarantee the completion of training of each plastic surgery fellow and to ensure each has developed an educationally, ethically and professionally sound foundation for the future independent practice of their chosen specialty.

Program Director’s Welcome

The goal of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Plastic Surgery – Independent Fellowship Program is to guarantee the completion of training of each plastic surgery fellow and to ensure each has developed an educationally, ethically and professionally sound foundation for the future independent practice of their chosen specialty.

We have developed a superb full-time faculty with expertise in abdominal and chest wall reconstruction; cleft/lip palate; craniofacial; hand surgery; pediatric plastic surgery; reconstructive breast surgery; reconstructive microvascular surgery; transgender surgery; vascular anomalies and general plastic and reconstructive surgery, as well as all aspects of cosmetic surgery. In addition, we have been able to develop excellent working relationships with our colleagues in dermatology, neurosurgery, ophthalmology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthopedics, otolaryngology and surgical oncology. These colleagues also provide excellent clinical expertise and serve as excellent educational resources. This enables us to share in an additional pool of patients and provides our division with a unique clinical perspective. We are also fortunate to have an outstanding voluntary faculty, many of whom are well-known contributors to the field of plastic surgery.

All of these factors have allowed us to develop an excellent, well-rounded teaching program utilizing all the resources available both within our institution and our surrounding community. Our entire faculty remains committed to providing an optimal educational environment to our fellows and providing continued excellence in patient-centric care.

-Zubin J. Panthaki, MD

Description

All of these factors have allowed us to develop an excellent, well-rounded teaching program utilizing all the resources available both within our institution and our surrounding community. Our entire faculty remains committed to providing an optimal educational environment to our fellows and providing continued excellence in patient-centric care.

-Zubin J. Panthaki, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Fellows per Year?

2

Duration of Fellowship?

3 years

Program Highlights

100% on certifying exam (per last report)

1-month rotation at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Quarterly mission opportunity with Project Medishare for Haiti

Clinical Experience

Year 1

Year one has a heavy emphasis on plastic surgery both at Jackson Memorial Hospital, our Level I trauma center for Miami-Dade County and UHealth Tower, a University of Miami Hospital and Clinics Facility. Fellows are exposed to the wide variety of plastic surgical experiences in both traumatic and elective settings. The vast majority of the year is spent in reconstruction rather than cosmetic surgery. There is also a one-to-two-month block dedicated to hand surgery on the orthopedic hand service, and a one-month block at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for exposure to pediatric plastic surgery.

Year 1 Rotations Example (subject to change):
Jackson Memorial Hospital/UHealth: 10 months
Hand/Micro: 2 months

Year 2

Year two of the fellowship is divided into equal amounts of rotations at each of our three main sites: Jackson Memorial Hospital, UHealth Tower and the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center. The resident/fellow is provided graduated responsibility as compared to the first year, and is exposed to more complex reconstructive surgery including dozens of microsurgical three flaps as the primary surgeon. A two-month rotation on hand surgery, both on the orthopedic and plastic services further strengthens the hand surgical experience. One month is also provided at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital for pediatric plastic surgery.

Year 2 Rotations Example (subject to change):
Jackson Memorial Hospital/UHealth: 6 months
VA: 4 months
Hand/Micro: 2 months

Year 3

Year three is the final year of the plastic surgery independent fellowship. Fellows serve as administrative chiefs for equal periods. Under faculty guidance they supervise the clinic at Jackson Memorial Hospital where they evaluate candidates for surgical procedures and schedule them for surgery, including cosmetic surgery. This serves as an invaluable bridge to eventual independent practice upon graduation. The year also provides experiences in anesthesia, cosmetic surgery, dermatology, ear nose and throat, oculoplastics, oral maxillofacial surgery, pediatric plastic surgery and plastic surgery.

Year 3 Rotations Example (subject to change):
Jackson Memorial Hospital /UHealth: 2 months
Cosmetics: 2 months
Anesthesia: 1 month
ENT: 1 month
MCH: 1 month
Oral Surgery: 1 month
Derm: 2 weeks
Oculoplastic: 2 weeks

Additional fellowship experiences include, but are not limited to:

Aesthetic Rotation:
Chief Residents have an opportunity to rotate through private offices of a number of our voluntary faculty. This gives the opportunity to participate more in aesthetic surgery and practice business development.

Haiti Rotation:
In collaboration with Project Medishare, the division has a voluntary surgical mission quarterly to perform primarily cleft lip/palate procedures.

Laser Experience:
To increase the residents’ experience on lasers, Dr. Mark Nestor’s office is available for our residents. Arrangements should be confirmed with the plastic surgery program director.

Mentoring System:
The large and diverse faculty offers very broad training as well as opportunities for clinical, research and career mentorship.

The University of Miami/Jackson Health System uniquely provides each resident an assigned staff member from the full-time or voluntary faculty to enhance each individual’s growth and development as a plastic surgeon. The goal of this mentoring system is for each resident to develop an ongoing relationship with an experienced faculty member in order to discuss any individual concerns and progress, and to obtain appropriate advice and guidance in a casual, non- stressful environment. In addition, the mentor may assist in eventual practice development and career choices. This faculty member will support the resident throughout the training program.

Your Faculty

Anne-Sophie Lessard, MD
Assistant Professor

John C. Oeltjen, MD, PhD
Associate Professor

Zubin J. Panthaki, MD
Director, Plastic Surgery – Independent Fellowship; Hand Surgery (Plastic Surgery) Fellowship; Plastic Surgery – Integrated Residency and Microsurgery Fellowship programs
Professor

Wrood Kassira, MD
Associate Professor

Alumni Placements Include:

University of California, Irvine
University of Iowa
University of Miami
University of Missouri
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina

Alumni Placements Include:

University of California, Irvine
University of Iowa
University of Miami
University of Missouri
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Carolina