How Do You Volunteer for Plastic Surgery to Help Trainees?

To have plastic surgery operations performed by surgeons in training, individuals can apply to become a patient of a residents' clinic at a local medical center or hospital, according to WBAL-TV. Most medical centers, such as Johns Hopkins Hospital and The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, offer discounts for patients of new residents.

WBAL-TV reports that the cost of a full abdominoplasty performed by a resident-in-training is about $2,000 less than the cost of the same procedure performed by an established plastic surgeon. At Johns Hopkins Hospital, residents-in-training who perform plastic surgery at reduced rates are in their sixth year of clinical training and are supervised by an experienced plastic surgeon. This supervision takes place during every step of the cosmetic surgery operation, explains Johns Hopkins Medicine. The hospital offers cosmetic fillers, breast reductions, rhinoplasty, face-lifts and tummy tucks at discounted rates through its resident clinic program.

At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, individuals interested in becoming patients of resident surgeons can send an application to the resident cosmetic clinic coordinator. Individuals who have smoked tobacco at any time three months previous to the planned procedure are disqualified. The hospital does not accept all applicants, since eligibility is accepted strictly based on resident-training needs, notes the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.