The goal of the 3-year plastic surgery training program is to educate
Honduran general surgeons in the important areas of the field, including diagnosis and treatment in the following areas:
• Craniomaxillofacial deformities, including cleft lip and palate;
prognathism, micrognathia, Lefort advancements for midface retrusion.
• Upper limb deformities, including syndactyly, cleft hand,
polydactyly, club hand, hypoplastic thumb, all kinds of hand injuries,
carpal tunnel syndrome, and rheumatic hand.
• Skin cancer tumor removal and reconstruction
• Reconstructive microsurgery, including limb reattachments and
• Acute burn management and reconstruction
• Chronic burn reconstruction
• Aesthetic facial and body surgery
• Adult General Plastic Surgery procedures
• Pediatric General Plastic Surgery procedures
The main education is achieved at the Hospital Escuela, the main teaching hospital of the University of Honduras, in the capital city of
Tegucigalpa. Further, this program provides the opportunity for trainees
to do coursework and attend conferences in the United States. The
program graduates may choose to do an additional one-year fellowship in
the United States in subspecialties such as reconstructive microsurgery,
hand surgery, burn surgery, maxillofacial surgery, craniofacial surgery
and aesthetic surgery.
To date, the program has trained four plastic surgeons, and they have
remained in Honduras and are involved in patient care and teaching. The
goal is to continue training qualified general surgeons to deal with
plastic surgery problems in the Honduran population; graduates are
encouraged to work in the government-supported public hospitals around
the country, to provide a free service for those patients unable to
afford private care.