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Medical Residents

The Resident Leadership Program offers resident physicians the opportunity to participate in the life-changing work of Operation Smile by becoming part of the global team of rising plastic surgery, pediatrics and anesthesia professionals. Residents are invited to both attend an international surgical program where they will work alongside an experienced Operation Smile physician, as well as the Resident Leadership Conference.

During the surgical program, residents may also have the opportunity to participate in our research initiatives that will allow for better treatment and prevention of cleft lip and cleft palate. Residents will also have the opportunity to network with one another and share their experiences at the Resident Leadership Conference.


  • Applicant must be in final year of study of anesthesia, plastic and reconstructive surgery*, or pediatrics
  • Completed application
  • CV, Diploma, License, and applicable certifications
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Expressed interest in global health or volunteer service

*Additionally, cleft-care specific specialties.

Thank you for your interest in The Resident Leadership Program. Applications for academic year 2019-2020 are now closed. We will be considering applications for 2020-2021 in late April 2020. If you have any questions, please contact

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