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, EAD, or J-1/J-2 visa. We do not sponsor H-1B visas. F-1, M-1 and O-1 are not acceptable visa types for a residency/fellowship program. Review the U of MN GME Visa Sponsorship Policy for further information:

Application Requirements

Eligible applicants have two options for applying to our program:

  1. Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS); and/or
  2. Plastic Surgery Common Application (PSCA)

Due to this recruitment season being a transition year from ERAS to PSCA, applicants may apply via whichever service they prefer, or they may apply via both services. No preference will be given to one application system over the other.

Applicants applying via PSCA are encouraged to review user guidance regarding the risks identified during the U of MN Vendor Security review of SurveyMonkey Apply. Additional information about the PSCA is available.

Applicants may also submit an optional supplemental form to let us know if there are reasons why you are applying to the University of Minnesota in particular. These connections may or may not be evident from your application. This is completely optional; all applications will receive a holistic review by our Selection Committee, regardless of whether you submit this supplemental form.

All applicants must register with the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP), regardless of their application method.


Important Dates

Application and Invitation Timeline:

  • 09/01/21 - ERAS opens for applicants.
  • 09/29/21 - ERAS/PSCA opens for programs.
  • 10/31/21 - Deadline to apply to our program.
  • 11/12/21 - Initial invitation notices will be sent between the hours of 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM CT.
  • 11/15/21 - Invitation to schedule interview via Thalamus will be sent at 10:00 AM CT.

Virtual Interviews:

No in-person interviews or events will be scheduled for the 2021-2022 recruitment cycle. The University of Minnesota Medical School has issued this statement on virtual interviewing for residency and fellowship programs endorsing the recommendation of the Coalition for Physician Accountability. The position of the University of Minnesota Office of Medical Education, including GME, is that all interviews will be conducted virtually. Please read the Coalition for Physician Accountability statement for more information.

Virtual interviews will be conducted via Thalamus.

  • 01/21/22 - Friday, 12:00 - 4:35 PM CT
  • 01/22/22 - Saturday, 7:30 - 12:05 PM CT
  • 02/04/22 - Friday, PM 12:00 - 4:30 PM CT
  • 02/05/22 - Saturday, 7:30 - 12:05 PM CT

These dates and times represent our full recruitment schedule; no other interview dates or times will be offered. Invited applicants must be available for the full 4 hours and 35 minutes on your selected date in order to interview with us; no accommodations will be made for applicants to attend online events at other programs during the hours listed above.

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

American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS) Interview Policies

Our program will be strictly adhering to the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons - ACAPS 2021-2022 Interview Policy. Please carefully review this document to understand program and applicant responsibilities and expectations.

Visit ACAPS Medical Student Resources for additional information for applicants.


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