thePlasticsPaper - June 5th

thePlasticsPaper - June 5th

Curated evidence-based Plastic Surgery, direct to your inbox. It's hard to keep up-to-date. thePlasticsPaper sends you 1 email per week - just the highlights!

In this Week's Edition

1. ✍️ Letter from P'Fella - 3 study techniques (you might not have heard of)

2. 🤓 Study on Sunday - Mathes and Nahai Classification

2. 🧐 Weekly Quiz Competition - Under development!

4. 🎭 Upcoming Events - New webinars and conferences

5. 🐣 Tweets of the Week - #plasticsurgery memes, videos and more!

6. 🚀 New features - Flashcard update (Anki and Leitner System)

7. 📝 Articles of the Week - 3 rapid reviews, 1 deep-dive.

A Letter from P'Fella

3 Study Techniques (you might not have heard of)

Every Sunday, you get insights into P'Fella's thoughts and actions.

By now, the majority of people would have heard of the buzz phrases "spaced repetition" and "active recall". They are incredibly effective and common ways to learn the material. But there are so many other techniques available to you.

Here are 3 you might not have heard of (and also work well!)

1. Leitner System (P'Fella's favourite)

  • The new method for P'Fella's flashcards in the next update (coming soon!).
  • Flaschardscards in different "boxes" are used to track when to study each set.
  • Every card starts in Box 1. If you get a card right, you move it to the next box. If you get a card wrong, you either move it down a box or keep it in Box 1.
  • This technique creates a schedule: study box 1 every day, box 3 every 4 days and box 5 every 15 days.

2. Feynman Technique is an efficient method of learning a concept quickly

  • Explain it in plain and simple terms.
  • By attempting to explain a concept in our own words, we are likely to understand it a lot faster.‌‌

3. SQ3R Method is a reading comprehension technique that stands for the five steps of the reading comprehension process:

  • Survey and skim the chapter quickly
  • Question the purpose of the chapter or topic
  • Read the entire article, topic or chapter
  • Recite and summarise in your own words (as much as you can)
  • Review and clarify any bits you don't understand!

Study on Sunday

Mathes and Nahai Classification

Your weekly bite-sized topic to keep your knowledge fresh.

The Mathes and Nahai Classification system was first described in 1981 as a way of describing the blood supply to muscle and musculocutaneous flaps. It was first described by Mathes and Nahai in a 1981 PRS publication.

Key points on the Mathes and Nahai classification system are:

  • Type 1: 1 major pedicle (gastrocnemius)
  • Type 2: 1 major and 1 minor pedicle (Gracilis Flap)
  • Type 3: 2 major pedicles (rectus abdominis)
  • Type 4: Minor segmental pedicles (sartorius)
  • Type 5: 1 major and minor segmental pedicles (latissimus dorsi flap)

Weekly Quiz Competition

Always building and improving.

Currently under development! Improvements coming to allow real-time results and more prizes!

Upcoming Events

14 Webinars, Conferences, and Courses

This is an incredibly comprehensive list of upcoming events in Plastic Surgery. If you want your event advertised, reply to this email!

  1. PLASTA 'Cut it Out' - June 13th
  2. iBreastBook Oncoplastic Atlas - June 11th, 2022.
  3. Australian ASPS Congress - Goldcoast, June 2022
  4. Aesthetics In-Service Exam - Virtual, June 2022.
  5. PLASTA x RSM Summer Congress 2022 - July 9th
  6. ISAPS World Congress - Istanbul, July 2022
  7. ICCPCA Cleft Congress - Edinburgh, July 2022
  8. ASSH Annual Meeting - Boston, September 2022.
  9. BAAPS Annual Conference 2022 - London, September 2022.
  10. European Society of Craniofacial Surgery - Oxford, September 2022.
  11. BAPRAS Celtic Meeting - Dunblane, Scotland, September 2022
  12. Plastic Surgery, The Meeting - Boston, October 2022.
  13. AEC Limb Reconstruction - Virtual, October 2022
  14. BAPRAS 2022 Congress - November 2022.

Tweets of the Week

If you're not on Twitter, you're not learning. Fact.


New Feature

Leitner System x Flashcards

Every week, P'Fella creates or updates the educational platform. All decisions are designed with one ethos: build great educational tools.

P'Fella wants to start introducing evidence-based study techniques into the evidence-based library of information. It's a perfect match.

There are nearly 1000 verified flashcards in thePlasticsFlash deck. Over the next couple of months, there will be a pretty big upgrade to the way you can study these flashcards (that will definitely improve your knowledge!).

  • Spaced Repetition: thePlasticsPro users already have the ability to download their flashcards to Anki. This is a very popular option. You can check the Anki decks out here.
  • Leitner System: P'Fella is excited about this. You might have read in "Letter from P'Fella" about this study technique. And now, it's going to be introduced into the flashcard database. Check it out below 👇

Leitner System for effective flashcard revision (more coming soon!) 

This new feature will be rolling out over the next few months. thePlasticsPro users have access to it when studying Angiosomes, Mathes and Nahai, Delay Phenomenon and many more!

Articles of the Week

Every week, P'Fella links 3 articles you should read. There is also 1 deep-dive review for thePlasticsPro community.


  1. The Efficacy of Intra-Articular Versus Extra-Articular Corticosteroid Injections in the Thumb Carpometacarpal Joint. Katt el al. Journal Hand Surgery, Feb 2022.
  2. “Nonfungible Tokens in Plastic Surgery” with Scott Hollenbeck MD and William Tian BSE - a podcast!
  3. How to Run a Meeting, Colwell et al. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: June 2022 - Volume 149 - Issue 6 - p 1283-1285

This week's journal:
Does operating the night before affect our operating skills the next day?

Assessment of Perioperative Outcomes Among Surgeons Who Operated the Night Before, Sun et al. JAMA. May 2022

Fun Fact: 2.6% of daytime operations are performed by a surgeon who was operating between 11pm-7am the night before.

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