Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Integrated Residency

The mission of our program is to provide excellent clinical care in all aspects of the specialty and to use this clinical base to provide a robust and well-balanced educational experience for trainees at all levels.

We are particularly dedicated to educating the next generation of Plastic Surgeons to become exceptional clinicians, clear and insightful scientific thinkers, and generous citizens with unimpeachable ethical qualities and a dedication to service.

At the University of Minnesota, our goal is to provide outstanding training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery patient care, teaching, and research.  We provide unparalleled mentoring from a diverse faculty who have a genuine interest in surgical education and the dynamic field of plastic surgery.

We are excited to partner with the Department of General Surgery to offer six years of training for future exceptional plastic surgeons. 

For additional program information, please view our expanded listing available on FREIDA Online (ID: 3622600160). We are unable to participate in Doximity due to UMN-GME policy.

Director's Message

mahajanThe University of Minnesota has a tradition of excellence in the education of competent plastic surgeons. Our program offers exposure to all aspects of plastic surgery in a variety of settings. In addition to a traditional university setting, residents spend more than half of their time training in affiliated teaching hospitals and with private practice plastic surgeons in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Our integrated program includes general surgery training within the University of Minnesota Department of Surgery, one of the top in the nation, to complement our comprehensive plastic surgery training. The integrated model allows for expansion of the curriculum to include rotations the American Board of Plastic Surgery recommends for developing excellence in plastic surgery including orthopedics, ENT, oral surgery, burn surgery, anesthesia, dermatology, and oculoplastics.

Our city-wide faculty brings a diversity and breadth of exposure that makes us unique and allows our residents to develop into exceptional plastic surgeons. We welcome your interest and warmly invite you to contact us with specific questions.

Ashish Y. Mahajan, MD
Program Director
Assistant Professor

Eligibility & Application Requirements

ACGME Eligibility Requirements

An applicant must meet one of the following qualifications to be eligible for appointment to an ACGME-accredited program:

  • graduation from a medical school in the United States or Canada, accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME)
  • graduation from a college of osteopathic medicine in the United States, accredited by the American Osteopathic Association Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (AOACOCA)
  • graduation from a medical school outside of the United States or Canada, and meeting one of the following additional qualifications;
    • holding a currently valid certificate from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) prior to appointment; or
    • holding a full and unrestricted license to practice medicine in the United States licensing jurisdiction in which the ACGME-accredited program is located.

Visa Eligibility Requirements

Our program requires applicants to have either permanent residence or a J-1 visa. We do not sponsor H-1B visas. More information on the J-1 visa can be found on the UMN-GME webpage

If you have a status other than permanent residence, J-1, or H-1B (e.g. O-1 or EAD), please email the Program Coordinator so that your status may be evaluated by our UMN-GME Visa Specialists.

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants should apply via Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS) and register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP).

The following application documents are required:


Important Dates

Application and Invitation Timeline:

  • 09/01/20 - ERAS opens for applicants.
  • 10/21/20 - ERAS opens for programs.
  • 11/13/20 - Deadline to apply to our program.
  • 12/04/20 - Initial invitation notices will be sent.
  • 12/07/20 - Invitation to schedule interview will be sent.

Interview Dates:

  • 01/22/21
  • 01/23/21
  • 02/05/21
  • 02/06/21

Interview dates for most Plastic Surgery programs are posted at Residency Program Interview Dates.

American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) Interview Polices

At the Spring 2019 ACAPS business meeting, it was decided that all integrated plastic surgery programs will coordinate when they announce interview dates and distribute interview invitations. The purpose of this is to improve the efficiency of scheduling for applicants and programs. Advanced planning is intended to help applicants better plan for travel and to minimize cancellation and rescheduling of interviews. Please read below for more information about the changes in process this year. (Source: Interview Policy)

Plastic Surgery Match Timeline 2020-2021 Update is available on ACAPS homepage.

Plastic Surgery-Integrated Program Expectations

  • Initial invitation notices from all Plastic Surgery-Integrated programs will be distributed on Friday 12/04/20. Note that this is simply an interview notice; applicants will not be allowed to schedule interviews until the following Monday.
  • Invitations to select an interview date will be sent on Monday 12/07/20. Applicants will be required to select their interview date via Thalamus as that time. Applicants can also waitlist, decline, or reschedule via Thalamus.
  • Any applicants that have not scheduled by Tuesday 12/08/20 at 9:00 AM CST will be waitlisted, and their spot will be offered to a different applicant.
  • We limit the number of invitations sent to the number of openings that we have available.

Applicant Professionalism Expectations

  • Do not contact programs asking if invitations have been distributed or if you have been invited. If you were not invited during the initial round of invitations, you may still be invited in an additional round of invitations.
  • Minimize cancellation and rescheduling of interviews. The purpose of this change is to decrease the stressful and frantic nature of interview scheduling.
  • Do not schedule overlapping interviews, do not schedule interviews that you do not plan to attend, and do not make any attempts to take advantage of the interview scheduling system.
  • Cancellation of interviews without reasonable notice and justification, which is inconsiderate to both programs and other applications, or any attempts to take advantage of this system will be communicated among program directors as a violation of professionalism.


This program offers a variety of didactic sessions. Residents are excused from clinical duties for all mandatory sessions. Additional curriculum details.


All residents are expected to participate in research projects during the course of their residency. Support, both financial and intellectual, is available to achieve this.

Quarterly research meetings with all the residents and some staff members are held to provide feedback on new or existing projects, monitor the progress of active projects, and helping achieve research goals. Additional financial support may be provided for presentations at national meetings and publications.

Research can be both clinical or bench-based depending on the project chosen. Most staff members will also be available and participating in these projects. Given the length of the integrated residency, it will be expected that multiple projects will be undertaken.

International Medical Mission Trips

Members of our faculty and staff participate in medical missions to developing countries in Central and South America, India, and the Philippines.

These missions provide medical care to children who would otherwise remain untreated. Trips are scheduled an average of 3 times per year. The technical proficiency gained during mission trips, combined with didactic teaching and exposure to the multi-disciplinary cleft lip and palate clinic at the University result in an outstanding grounding in the treatment of congenital anomalies.

Residents are generally invited by faculty to attend these medical mission trips during their final years of training, but there is no guarantee of participation. However, due to of the frequency of trips and the superb experience provided by them, past residents have averaged at least one trip during the course of their training.

Where Residents Go


Christopher Stewart, MD - Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship, Movassaghi Plastic Surgery and Ziba Medical Spa, Eugene, OR
Emma Cordes, MD - Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI


Christine Stewart, MD - Edina Plastic Surgery, Edina, MN


Christopher Hillard, MD - Hand Surgery Fellowship, Buncke Clinic, CA


Ruth Barta, MD - Craniofacial Surgery Fellowship, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Jason Fowler, MD - Northland Plastic Surgery, Duluth, MN

Stipend & Benefits

Additional Benefits

You will be provided with the following:

In addition, residents have access to the University of Minnesota’s on-line biomedical library, which provides free access to:

  • MD Consult, UpToDate, Stat!Ref, PubMed
  • Numerous online textbooks