So you want to be a plastic surgeon. Plastic surgery is the specialty of medicine focusing on issues related primarily to soft tissue, such as skin, muscle, and fat. Plastic surgeons perform a variety of procedures including cosmetic surgeries, which enhance one’s appearance, and reconstructive surgeries, which correct abnormalities.

There are two pathways to becoming a plastic surgeon after completing medical school.

The integrated pathway consists of six years of plastic surgery residency and the independent pathway consists of five years of general surgery residency followed by 3 years of plastic surgery training.

In terms of competitiveness, plastic surgery is the most competitive specialty based on the most recent NRMP data.

The average plastic surgeon earns approximately $576,000 per year and works 52 hours per week.

If you’re detail-oriented and enjoy precise and meticulous procedures, plastic surgery may be the field for you.

That being said, it is consistently one of the most competitive specialties to match into.

If you’re not willing to put in the work, meaning top grades, numerous publications, and strong letters of recommendation, it probably isn’t the specialty for you.

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