Residency Program - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to the Stanford Plastic Surgery Residency training program?

Thank you for your interest in our Residency Program. The Stanford Plastic Surgery Residency-Training Program is a participant in the PSCA.  

This year, ACAPS is strongly encouraging all programs to use the Plastic Surgery Common Application (PSCA) for integrated residency applications. The PSCA is a free, plastic surgery-specific application crafted to both improve the residency application process and to decrease financial barriers to students. Although some plastic surgery programs still accept ERAS, our program is only using the PSCA.  You may use this link to access the PSCA:

Upon accessing the application, you will be instructed to create a secure account and will be able to request letters of recommendation, transcripts, and MSPE (Dean's Letters) directly through the application portal. As in years prior the match will remain with National Residency Matching Program (NRMP).

Please direct and questions about the application to

How many positions does your program have available each year?

There are four (4) positions available each year at the PGY-1 level. The PGY-2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 residents automatically advance to the next level of training once they match to the Stanford Plastic Surgery Residency Training Program.

Are there any vacancies at the PGY-2, 3, 4, 5 or 6 levels?

Generally, there are no vacancies in the program except at the Intern level each year. If you would like for your application material to be kept on file (in the event of a sudden vacancy in the program), we request that you write a letter of interest to the program director. Your letter will be kept on file for future reference in the event the program does have a sudden opening. Please address your letter of interest to:

Paige Fox, MD, Program Director
Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
770 Welch Road, Suite 400
Stanford, California 94304

Are clerkships/clinical rotations required or mandatory to be a competitive applicant?

Clerkships/clinical rotations are not required or mandatory to be a competitive applicant to the plastic surgery residency-training program. Each year individuals from both categories (formal interviewees or individuals completing formal clerkship/clinical rotations) are equally ranked and accepted into our program.

How do I apply for a clerkship/clinical rotation for plastic surgery at Stanford?

Applicants wishing to arrange a clinical rotation should contact the Office of Student Affairs at Stanford regarding obtaining a clerkship application, for more information visit:

Does your program participate in National Residency Matching Program?


What is your program matching number?

NRMP Institution Code 1820
ACGME Institution Code 050129
NRMP Program Code 1820362CO

How do I obtain statistical data regarding your program?

Statistical data regarding our residency program can be obtained from the American Medical Association through FREIDA Online at:

What type of Fellowships does your program offer?

Currently we offer craniofacial, microsurgical, hand, and dental fellowship programs. Candidates for the fellowship program must have completed plastic surgery training in an approved program in the United States or have had comparable training and experience in a foreign hospital. To learn more, visit our fellowships page.

Please contact the program's fellowship coordinator if you have questions. They can be reached at (650) 723-5824.