thePlasticsPaper - March 20th

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thePlasticsPaper - March 20th

In this Week's Edition

1. ✍️ Letter from P'Fella - the Plastic Surgery Match! 🎉

2. 🤓 Study on Sunday - 5 features to determine burn depth.

2. 🧐 Weekly Quiz Competition - Round 3 (tie leaders!!)

4. 🎭 Upcoming Events - New webinars and courses

5. 🐣 Tweets of the Week - Memes, clinical teaching!

6. 🚀 New features - P'Fella now helps the climate!

7. 📝 Articles of the Week - Rapid review and deep dive!


A Letter from P'Fella

The Match

Every Sunday, you can get insight into the thoughts and actions of P'Fella. 

Congratulations to all the new plastic surgery residents!

It was match week this week! Every year, social media get flood with images of people smiling and crying after their successful application. Balloons, champagne and lots of family hugging.

Here's a data from the recent 2022 NRMP publication.

So what makes people successful in their application?

Here is a breakdown of the 2020 applicants. A few things might have change (for example, pass/fail in USMLE) but it does provide a nice overview. It looks like research experience, PhD and other degrees are less important.

plastic surgery match, plastic surgery residency
Plastic Surgery Match Statistics


Study on Sunday

Don't study all the time... you'll burnout! Just 1 topic/week. This is your topic this week. 

A burn can be classified as superficial, partial thickness, or full-thickness. Here is a brekaodwn of the key differences.

Differences in Burn Depth


Weekly Quiz Competition

Round 3! Currently over 100+ competing for a $100 prize.


Upcoming Events

18 Webinars, Conferences, and Courses

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

  1. Pulvertaft - “Children’s fractures of the hand and wrist“ -Virtual, March 21st.
  2. ASSH - Upper Limb Micro Recon - Virtual, March 26th.
  3. IFSSH Combined Conference - London, April 2022.
  4. AAPS Centennial Meeting - San Diego, April 2022.
  5. BAPRAS AEC Trunk Reconstruction - April 2022.
  6. BAAPS Masterclass in Aesthetic Practice - London, May 2022.
  7. RACS 90th Annual Scientific Conference - Brisbane, May 2022.
  8. British Burns Association Annual Meeting - Bristol, May 2022.
  9. Australian ASPS Congress - Goldcoast, June 2022
  10. Aesthetics In-Service Exam - Virtual, June 2022.
  11. ISAPS World Congress - Istanbul, July 2022
  12. ICCPCA Cleft Congress - Edinburgh, July 2022
  13. ASSH Annual Meeting - Boston, September 2022.
  14. BAAPS Annual Conference 2022 - London, September 2022.
  15. European Society of Craniofacial Surgery - Oxford, September 2022.
  16. BARPAS Celtic Meeting - Dunblane, Scotland September 2022
  17. Plastic Surgery, The Meeting - Boston, October 2022.
  18. AEC Limb Reconstruction - Virtual, October 2022


Tweets of the Week

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


New Feature

Plastic Surgery 🤝 Climate

Every week, P'Fella creates or updates the educational platform. All decisions are direct by one simple mantra: build great educational tools.

P'Fella contributes 1% of all revenue to carbon removal.

thePlasticsFella has partnered with Stripe. Removing CO₂ from the atmosphere is critical to counteract climate change, but it’s behind. Every purchase from The Plastics Fella helps new carbon removal technologies scale.

Every time you signed up to thePlasticsStarter, thePlasticsLover or thePlasticsPro, it goes directly towards the climate.


Articles of the Week

This is the probably the most popular section of thePlasticsPaper. Every can reed the rapid review article, the deep-dive article is for thePlasticsPro users. 

Rapid Review

Do we need CT angios before DIEPs?

CT angiography prior to DIEP flap breast reconstruction: a randomized controlled trial, JPRAS

  • Aim: To perform a high quality study to see if its actually needed or not.
  • Methods: Prospective randomisation of CT angio vs no CT angio.
  • Results: 37 patients, shorter operative time for CT angio group but no difference in complication rates.
  • Conclusions: CT angio decreases operative time but doesn't affect  postoperative outcomes.

All credit to JPRAS for this Visual Abstract. 

P'Fella's Opinion:

I like this study. It's well-designed and it answers a question that is being asked more and more often. When the CT angio came into play for DIEP reconstructions, the traditional surgeons kept to their ways but the new surgeons all adopted this investigation.

It's good to see it doesn't affect outcomes. It does make the operation a bit quicker (which is always a benefit in a long operation!!)

Deep Dive:

The Original Publication - Anatomical ariations of the Median Nerve In Carpal Tunnel (Lanz)

Deep-dive articles are available to those big supporters of P'Fella's mission. You can try it out here.

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