Clinical responsibilities will include coverage of craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgical cases, following all inpatients and consultations in the hospital, and evaluating emergency cases as they arise. The fellow will lead the team of nurse practitioners, the plastic surgery resident, and the rotating residents on the plastic surgical service. The fellow will be responsible for daily rounding on the inpatients, and interacting with the attending surgeons about pertinent patient care issues. Absences for meeting attendance, vacation, or illness must be approved by the program director prior to authorizing the absence.
As the craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery team leader, the fellow will have direct teaching responsibility to the plastic surgery resident (s), rotators, medical students, nursing staff, and allied personnel. These responsibilities will include a previously defined number of didactic lectures, assistance with the plastic surgery teaching conference curriculum, and attendance at all plastic surgical conferences within the UC system. The fellow may be asked to present at University Surgical Grand Rounds once during the year. Additional conferences may be added to the list of required attendance at the director's discretion.
In addition to the didactic and curriculum reading requirements, the fellow will be responsible for continuous clinical teaching to the house staff on service. This will require a healthy professional relationship with the junior residents and students, and the fellow will assist in evaluation of the house staff in their rotations. The system of evaluation and expected performance will conform with the Plastic Surgery PIF goals and recommendations, based upon a system of graduated responsibility. Any deviation from good practices or appropriate patient care, or any unprofessional conduct will be reported to the director. In addition, the fellow will be expected to serve as a direct, constant source of knowledge and support for the house staff, and it is expected that teaching will occur during rounds, during consultations, and during surgery.
In the operating room, it is the fellow's responsibility to educate and guide the resident through the procedure. The fellow will assume a progressive transitional role from chief resident to attending staff. As such, depending on the fellow's level of competence and judgment, they will assist the resident in more common and routine procedures, while taking a more active role in the intricacies of more complex cases. The operative schedule may require that the fellow and resident participate in separate operating rooms.
Participation in clinical research is expected and the fellow will have the opportunity to meet with the director on weekly basis to discuss the progress of ongoing projects. The fellow will be expected to prepare at least one manuscript for submission to a peer-reviewed journal prior to completion of their fellowship. There will also be the opportunity to participate in basic science research if the fellow has a special interest in doing so.