Send to

Choose Destination
J Craniofac Surg. 2015 Jun;26(4):1088-90. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000001697.

The Present Status of Global Mission Trips in Plastic Surgery Residency Programs.

Author information

*Division of Plastic Surgery, Baylor Scott & White Health, TX †Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI ‡Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Tennessee College of Medicine, Chattanooga, TN §Director of Pediatric Plastic Surgery, University of California, San Diego, CA ||Penn State Hershey, PA ¶Division of Plastic Surgery, University of California Davis School of Medicine, CA.



The present status of global mission trips of all of the academic Plastic Surgery programs was surveyed. We aimed to provide information and guidelines for other interested programs on creating a global health elective in compliance with American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee (ACGME/RRC) requirements.


A free-response survey was sent to all of the Plastic Surgery Residency program directors inquiring about their present policy on international mission trips for residents and faculty. Questions included time spent in mission, cases performed, sponsoring organizations, and whether cases are being counted in their resident Plastic Surgery Operative Logs (PSOL).


Thirty-one programs responded, with 23 programs presently sponsoring international mission trips. Thirteen programs support residents going on nonprogram-sponsored trips where the majority of these programs partner with outside organizations. Many programs do not count cases performed on mission trips as part of ACGME index case requirement. Application templates for international rotations to comply with ABPS and ACGME/RRC requirements were created to facilitate the participation of interested programs.


Many Plastic Surgery Residency programs are sponsoring international mission trips for their residents; however, there is a lack of uniformity and administrative support in pursuing these humanitarian efforts. The creation of a dynamic centralized database will help interested programs and residents seek out the global health experience they desire and ensure standardization of the educational experience they obtain during these trips.

[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text

Supplemental Content

Full text links

Icon for Wolters Kluwer Icon for eScholarship, California Digital Library, University of California
Loading ...
Support Center