Division of Plastic Surgery

Resident Wellness

Resident wellness is a cornerstone of our training program.  There is equal emphasis on professional development and personal growth.  Residents have a strong sense of camaraderie among themselves and with the faculty. The in-patient service is very much resident-run and the voices of the residents matter in patient care.  The Program fosters collegiality and the residents are all welcoming, supportive, and team oriented.  Residents enjoy spending time together inside and outside of the hospital. 

The plastic surgery service takes facial trauma, hand trauma, and general plastic surgery call on different days throughout the week. PGY 1-4 take primary, home call 1-2 weekdays/week and 2 weekends/month while on the plastic surgery service. PGY 5-6 take senior, home call 1-2 weekdays/week and 1 weekend/month.

Plastic surgery residents serve on Graduate Medical Education committees, bringing house staff representation to institutional leadership. 

Resident Benefits

Brown University offers highly competitive salaries and benefits to our residents/fellows. An overview of salary, benefits and employment eligibility is available on the GME Office website.

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PGY 1-3: 3 weeks
PGY 4-6: 4 weeks

National Meetings

Residents with accepted presentations receive departmental support for attendance of national meetings. PGY 5-6 are able to attend a meeting of their choice each year.

Educational Stipend

$2,400 is awarded to each resident to be used towards books, loupes, and other necessary expenses.

Other Benefits

  • Meal cards
  • Weekly stipend at hospital cafeterias to cover meals while on call
  • Free on-campus parking
  • Access to Brown University library, gym, campus facilities
  • Lab coats and scrubs with free laundering

Life in Providence

Welcome to Rhode Island, the Ocean State!  Located on the Atlantic Ocean, Rhode Island offers over 400 miles of coastline, beautiful beaches, and bountiful seafood. Although the smallest state, it is not short on things to do and see.  Rhode Island is a special place to spend residency, combining city living with easy access to the outdoors, making it a very livable location. 

Providence, the capitol, is a medium size city nestled at the base of Narragansett Bay. Travel & Leisure has named Providence its 3rd-favorite city in America and the 2nd-best foodie city in the nation.  Providence boasts more degreed chefs per capita than any other city in the United States.  Providence is called the "creative capital." With the nationally famous art school, Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) located in the heart of Providence there is a thriving art scene. The performing arts are also a big part of Providence culture, including Providence Performing Arts Center which presents a full roster of touring Broadway theatricals and contemporary engagements and Tony Award-winning Trinity Repertory Company. Music lovers will enjoy the Rhode Island Philharmonic and Opera Providence. For dance enthusiasts, there is the Festival Ballet Providence.

Within 10 minutes of Providence you can access one of the State's many beaches – many residents have taken advantage of this proximity while on home call. Rhode Island boasts the world-famous Cliff Walk in Newport, the sailing capital of the world, and Block Island, a quaint island full of natural beauty.  WaterFire Providence draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city with a series of bonfires installed on the three rivers of downtown Providence.  Lightings occur several times a month from May - October.  The summer brings the Newport Jazz Festival and Newport Folk Festival to the state. Fall welcomes in all the best things about New England; crisp mornings, leaves changing, and apple and pumpkin picking. The winter is moderated by the ocean but there is ample opportunity for cross country skiing and snow shoeing at the numerous state parks. 

Rhode Island is also ideally positioned for weekend getaways. Boston is 1 hour and New York is 3 hours away. Great hiking in the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts or the White Mountains of New Hampshire is only 2.5 hours away.

Living in Rhode Island is convenient and affordable on a resident salary.  Many residents purchase homes during their training years.