thePlasticsPaper - January 30th

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thePlasticsPaper - January 30th

In this Week's Edition

1. ✍️ Letter from P'Fella - make knowledge cheaper
2. 📝 Articles of the Week - don't stitch nerves??
3. 🧐 Weekly Quiz Competition - leaderboard
4. 🔠 Wordle for Plastics Surgeons - new!
4. 🎭 Upcoming Events - +15 soon events
5. 🐣 Tweets of the Week - memes, images, ideas.
6. 🚀 New features - thePlasticsClub (invite only)
7. 🏋🏽‍♂️ Work with P'Fella - social media


A Letter from P'Fella

Make education more accessible  📖

Guess what is not okay? The cost of "interview prep".

There is enough emotional stress during this period. The last thing a future plastic surgeon need is financial stress.

So that's why P'Fella thought he'll get involved - to create a not-for-profit definitive companion to the plastic surgery interview, called thePlasticsInterview.

Check it out

Here's why thePlasticsInterview was created:

1. We need a level playing field

Everyone should have equal access to resources to help them succeed. £800 courses can only be afforded by a select few.

Surely a contributing factor to the lack of diversity in plastic surgery?

2. What does a face-to-face course ACTUALLY achieve?

Fine, some courses are good. in the short term. experience & insights are usually forgotten within the first week

Courses are like reading the blurb of a novel. you have context, but you wouldn't go to a book club

24/7 access is key ✅

3. Courses prey on your FOMO 

Interview decides your career, right?!
you've paid £££ to resolve your FOMO.

All plastic surgery courses are similar (trust me, I've looked at them all)

a FOMO increase = a price increase.


Articles of the Week

2 articles you should know

📔 What makes an excellent plastic surgery trainee??
P Hackenberger et al PRS Global Open: January 2022

Aim: Identify the important features in excellent trainees
Methods: a survey of 90 plastic surgeons and trainees.
Results: "Excellent" trainees have prepared for operations, good bedside manner & personality, leadership, technical expertise.
Conclusion: "excellence" is reflective of life and work experience.

📔 Glue or suture peripheral nerves in hand surgery??
Sallam et al, Journal of Hand Surgery, May 2021.

Aim: is glue non-inferior to traditional suturing?
Methods: RCT assessing motor and sensory recovery, operative time.
Results: 85 patients with similar outcomes but glue had shorter operation.
Conclusion: glue is great!

P'Fella's Comment: it's rare for there to be an isolated nerve injury. These patients were splinted for 3 weeks post-operatively. Tendon or muscle belly damage is a confounder in this study that should be accounted for.


Weekly Quiz Competition

‌Fellow plastics geeks, here is this week's question.

The leaderboard is hotting up. 150+ of your peers on it. Every so often, the leader will be getting a pretty sweet prize.


Wordle for Plastic Surgeons

Created specifically for Plastics!

p.s - share your results on Twitter and @plasticsfella. The winner gets some pretty cool merch.


Upcoming Events

18 Webinars, Conferences, and Courses

  1. Edinburgh Hand Course - Edinburgh, Feb 2022
  2. BSSH Arthritis Workshop - Manchester, Feb 2022.
  3. AWR Conference - London, Feb 2022.
  4. MWSPS Annual Meeting - UT, USA Feb 2022
  5. ASPS In-Service Exam - Virtual, March 2022.
  6. ASPS Spring Meeting - Virtual, March 2022.
  7. AAPS Centennial Meeting - San Diego, April 2022.
  8. BAAPS Masterclass in Aesthetic Practice - London, May 2022.
  9. RACS 90th Annual Scientific Conference - Brisbane, May 2022.
  10. British Burns Association Annual Meeting - Bristol, May 2022.
  11. Australian ASPS Congress - Goldcoast, June 2022
  12. Aesthetics In-Service Exam - Virtual, June 2022.
  13. ISAPS World Congress - Istanbul, July 2022
  14. ICCPCA Cleft Congress - Edinburgh, July 2022
  15. ASSH Annual Meeting - Boston, September 2022.
  16. BAAPS Annual Conference 2022 - London, September 2022.
  17. Plastic Surgery, The Meeting - Boston, October 2022.
  18. AEC Limb Reconstruction - Virtual, October 2022


Tweets of the Week

Here are 4 tweets you might have missed!

zoom issues...

an amazing illustration

some intra-op pics

a solid meme


New Feature

thePlasticsClub - an invite-only community.

If you want to get access, just reply "YES" to this email.

It's a new feature, still young but eager to grow!

For the next couple of months, the focus will be on interview preparation. Over time, this will expand to other areas of plastic surgery training.

Forums and communities are a great place to learn and engage with your peers. So don't be shy!

Here is what it looks like.

Reply "YES" to this email if you want access :)


Work with P'Fella

P'Fella needs you!

thePlasticsFella is growing faster than P'Fella can do a horizontal mattress suture. Let's create something great together.

Over the coming weeks, 1 job opportunity will become available each week to help support the mission.

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