13th November

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13th November

In this week's edition

  1. ✍️ Letter from P'Fella
    The Feynman technique will improve your knowledge.
  2. 🤓 Study on Sunday + Quiz
    Can you design a Z-plasty?
  3. 🎭 Upcoming Events
    7 new upcoming events for you.
  4. 🐣 Tweets of the Week
    Memes, virals & threads.
  5. 🚀 New Features
    +2100 flashcards (with auto-grading)
  6. 📝 Articles of the Week
    3 quick-reads to stay up to date
    1 deep-dive (Bruner incisions!)

Fun Fact: thePlasticsFella now has +2000 community members. Thanks for all the support :)

A Letter

from P'Fella ✍️

What is the best way to learn?

This is an age-old question. And one, perhaps, nobody knows the answer to. At the end of the day, it's a personal choice. The best way for you may not be the best way for others. I am well aware of this and also the different methods that have shown to be consistent.

So I embarked on a journey to create an educational tool that enables a combination of space repetition, active recall and the Feynman Technique (my favourite!). Below is a description of this latter technique.

So what does the evidence say?

We know that highlighting, rereading and summarising is a waste of time (Dulonksy et al). The evidence suggests a "distributive and repetitive" pattern of study can "tame the complexity of the design space and to identify schedules to enhance knowledge acquisition and retention" (Walsh et al).

Based on all this, P'Fella built this new educational tool, and you should check it out.


on Sunday 👩‍🎓

Z-plasty is a procedure involving the transposition of two interdigitating triangular flaps. It is a common and widely practised plastic and reconstructive technique used for revisional scar surgery resulting in a functionally better and/or cosmetically appealing scar.

The goal of the z-plasty procedure is to:

  1. Lengthen a contracted scar
  2. Change the direction of a scar and align it with relaxed skin tension lines.
  3. Improve cosmesis

Answer this week's question


Events, Webinars, Courses.

  1. Pulvertaft Nerve Biology - Nov 14th. 
  2. EURAPS Eyelid Surgery - November 15th.
  3. PLASTA ST3 Interviews - Nov 16th
  4. PLASTA Plastic Surgery Elective - Nov 18th.
  5. BAPRAS Congress  November 30th 2022
  6. iBreastBook - Research Paper Analysis Dec 3rd
  7. EURAPS Facial Paralysis - December 15th

Submit your Event


of the week!


features this week! 🔥

+2100 Flashcards.

Yep! That's right!

This is the largest online plastic surgery flashcard deck. P'Fella has been working hard to create a high-quality, verified and up-to-date database of flashcards which covers over 80 different topics.

Check out a demo below...


of the week! 📚

3 must-read articles

  1. Bi-ALCL Guidelines
    UK Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma (BIA-ALCL) Turton et al. Volume 74, Issue 1, P13-29, January2021
  2. How to reconstruct sarcoma defects
    Aten et al. Practical Strategies in Reconstruction of Soft-Tissue Sarcoma. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: November 2022 - Volume 150 - Issue 5.
  3. The non-operative treatment of mallet finger
    Lin JS et al. Nonsurgical Management of Mallet Finger: A Systematic Review. J Hand Surg Am. 2018 Feb;43(2):146-163.e2. doi: 10.1016/j.jhsa.2017.10.004.

1 Deep Dive! 

Do you know the origin of the Bruner Incision? A surgical technique that is widely adopted in the literature and clinical practice. 

Original Publication


P'Fella is always looking to make this weekly newsletter as good as can be!

Let me know your thoughts below :) 

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