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Senior Residents Conference: Targeted education focused on your future

New speakers and an ever-evolving program will highlight this year's Senior Residents Conference (SRC), which will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, at Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2022 in Boston. We invite you to spend a full day networking with your resident colleagues and current leaders in plastic surgery. The program represents a joint effort between ASPS, the Young Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee and the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons. This year's SRC co-chairs are Sara Dickie, MD, Phuong Nguyen, MD and JT Stranix, MD.

The resident program, as always, marks the unofficial kickoff for Plastic Surgery The Meeting, the annual scientific meeting of ASPS/PSF/ASMS and the largest plastic surgery meeting in the world. We're excited to offer the in-person event in Boston and encourage you to join us for the resident-focused programming. The event brings together the best and brightest in our specialty to provide energetic, educational and entertaining offerings.

Targeted education

As you head toward the completion of your residency, you'll likely have questions about topics that are not routinely covered in training. We've done our best to put together more than seven hours of pertinent information and opportunities for dialogue, broken into small, palatable segments most relevant to the seasoned resident.

The day begins with tips on building the practice you want in any setting: academic, employed or private. We'll explore the current landscape for plastic surgeons and discuss what most first-time contracts include and what you should be thinking about as you head into contract negotiations. Listen to real-life stories from in-practice surgeons of how to get started in practice and how to remain agile when faced with unexpected challenges. Speakers will be upfront and honest about their experiences.

Navigating the job market means setting priorities, identifying where you want to practice and making time to engage in an active search. Should you consider pursuing a career in a rural or underserved area? Is it a good idea to get a job where you trained? Our experienced faculty will provide insight about the realities and rewards of these choices and provide straightforward advice on how to network, interview and land a job.

Panelists will talk candidly about mistakes they made, things they wish they knew when they were a senior resident and the barriers that exist for new-to-practice surgeons. Three accomplished plastic surgeons will discuss their experiences and advice for starting a family while serving as a plastic surgeon. Ample time will be available to pose questions and gather forthright answers from all faculty panelists.

Once you're in practice, becoming board-certified is the next logical step. The afternoon session includes tips for oral board collection followed by important information from ABPS. Subsequent sessions will also tackle the effective and ethical use of social media; how to interpret profit and loss statements; and how to account for RVUs in cosmetic surgery. The program concludes with the "Hiring a Candidate for an Academic Position" panel – an opportunity to learn what distinguished academic chairs look for when they review a resume. It's your chance to ask them direct questions and they welcome the interaction.

On Thursday evening, the annual Resident Reception will be held at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport from 6-7 p.m. (EST), providing another opportunity to mingle with other residents over cocktails and appetizers, as well as network with specialty leaders who quite possibly could be your future employer.

We thank the Advanced Reconstructive Surgery Alliance; Allergan Aesthetics, an AbbVie company; Mentor Worldwide, LLC; and MTF Biologics; for sponsoring the SRC. We're grateful for their generous support of our resident education programs.

Abstract presentation

An integral part of SRC is the opportunity to present research during the Resident Scientific Sessions on Friday, Oct. 28. Abstract submissions were accepted through April 29. Best paper selections and resident author names will be announced in a future issue of PSN.


For senior residents planning to attend the SRC on Oct. 27, registration is required ($475). Members of the Residents/Fellows Forum save $100 ($375). The fee is necessary to cover the educational sessions, meals and the Resident Reception on Thursday.

On behalf of this year's co-chairs, we look forward to seeing you in Boston. For more information, to register or to keep up-to-date with deadlines and developments, go to and click on the "Residents" tab.