thePlasticsPaper - March 27th

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thePlasticsPaper - March 27th

In this Week's Edition

1. โœ๏ธ Letter from P'Fella - Build a career, not a logbook.

2. ๐Ÿค“ Study on Sunday - Brachial Plexus (oh no!)

2. ๐Ÿง Weekly Quiz Competition - A 5-way tie at the top!

4. ๐ŸŽญ Upcoming Events - check out these 19 events

5. ๐Ÿฃ Tweets of the Week - it was a quiet week on twittter!

6. ๐Ÿš€ New features - updated flashcards (more and improved)

7. ๐Ÿ“ Articles of the Week - How to present like Steve Jobs


A Letter from P'Fella

Build a career, not a logbook

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

Don't let the system distract you from the real goal.

Your main priority always should be to do learn and improve every time you operate. You shouldn't just operate to increase your logbook numbers.

When plastic surgery trainee wants to show off their skills, they often quote their logbook numbers. But at the end of the day, they are missing a key point.

The plastic surgery journey is not linear. It be can be quantified and qualified. Regardless of your training location, there are 4 main ways to operate: observing, assisting, being supervised by someone more senior, or performing independently. But, for most plastic surgery trainees, these phases overlap, coincide, and blend together - they become a number. They are quantified but not qualified.

It's good to reflect on your skills, to test and qualify your ability to operate; to evolve your strategy as you discover areas of weakness.

Building a logbook shouldn't be a distraction from building a career. They should work together to serve the same goal. How you do that, and in what order, is up to you.


Study on Sunday

Brachial Plexus ๐Ÿฅด

Don't study all the time... you'll burn out! Just 1 quick topic on a Sunday. 

1. Origin: the plexus arises from the anterior rami of C5-T1 spinal nerves.
2. Segments of the plexus are roots, trunks, divisions, cords, branches.
3. Course: intervertebral foramina to posterior triangle to the axilla.
4. Main branches: median, ulnar, radial, axillary, musculocutaneous.
5. Embryology: develops in the 5th week of gestation.


Weekly Quiz Competition

Round 4! Currently 5 people all tied for first place. 


Upcoming Events

19 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. BSSH Hand and Wrist Imaging - March 28th
  2. EURAPS Burn Surgery - March 31st
  3. BAPRAS Sarcoma Teaching - Virtual, April 11th. ย 
  4. IFSSH Combined Conference - London, April 2022.
  5. AAPS Centennial Meeting - San Diego, April 2022.
  6. BAPRAS AEC Trunk Reconstruction - April 2022.
  7. BAAPS Masterclass in Aesthetic Practice - London, May 2022.
  8. RACS 90th Annual Scientific Conference - Brisbane, May 2022.
  9. British Burns Association Annual Meeting - Bristol, May 2022.
  10. Australian ASPS Congress - Goldcoast, June 2022
  11. Aesthetics In-Service Exam - Virtual, June 2022.
  12. ISAPS World Congress - Istanbul, July 2022
  13. ICCPCA Cleft Congress - Edinburgh, July 2022
  14. ASSH Annual Meeting - Boston, September 2022.
  15. BAAPS Annual Conference 2022 - London, September 2022.
  16. European Society of Craniofacial Surgery - Oxford, September 2022.
  17. BARPAS Celtic Meeting - Dunblane, Scotland September 2022
  18. Plastic Surgery, The Meeting - Boston, October 2022.
  19. AEC Limb Reconstruction - Virtual, October 2022


Tweets of the Week

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


New Feature

More Flashcards!!

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

This week, there has been a huge update to thePlasticsFlash. There are nearly 1000 flaschards designed specifically for plastic surgery exams and general revision.

Oh, there is also Anki-compatible decks in case you didn't know!


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

The Art of a Scientific Presentation: Tips from Steve Jobs

Horiuchi, Sakura B.S.; Nasser, Jacob S. B.S.; Chung, Kevin C. M.D., M.S.Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: March 2022 - Volume 149 - Issue 3 - p 533-540

  • Aim: establish a comprehensive list to aid in creating a methodical approach for presenters to evaluate their own presentations to ensure a standard of quality and effectiveness.
  • Methods: a combination of literature review and anecdotal experiences
  • Results: see table below!
  • Conclusions: Preparing, constructing, refining, and personality. These are the key features to a good presentation.

P'Fella's Opinion:

This is an interesting read. The authors clearly did their research in medicine, but more importantly outside of medicine. One of the downfalls of healthcare professionals is our lack of imagination and our reluctance to learn from other areas of life.

Deep Dive:

Kanavel Signs - a 1912 publication that changed our practice.

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

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