thePlasticsPaper - May 7th

Uncover 5 research-backed audio study tips, challenge yourself with our Sunday Quiz, and explore top webinars, courses, and conferences. Catch the first episode of "Prep with P'Fella," AI-generated melanoma images, and intriguing articles
thePlasticsPaper - May 7th

In this week's edition

  1. ✍️ Letter from P'Fella
    5 Steps to Optimize Your Audio Study, Backed by Research
  2. 🤓 The Sunday Quiz
    Are you the smartest plastic surgeon in the world?
  3. 🎭 Upcoming Events
    Top 5 webinars, courses and conferences.
  4. 🔥New Features
    "Prep with P'Fella" (first episode now live!)
  5. 📸 Image of the Week
    AI-generated Melanoma
  6. 🐣 Tweets of the Week
    P'Fella's 3 favourite tweets
  7. 📝 Articles of the Week
    Infantile haemangiomas, research importance, nerve gaps.
  8. 💕 Feedback
    Always looking to improve :)

Fun Fact: P'Fella is now on Spotify and Apple!

A Letter from P'Fella

5 Steps to Optimize Your Audio Study, Backed by Research

Audio-based learning is a powerful tool that can complement traditional learning methods, making it easier to understand complex topics and engage with the material. With the wealth of podcasts, audiobooks, and other audio resources available, there's no better time to incorporate audio into your study routine. Here are five key steps to optimize audio in your study, supported by peer-reviewed research, but let's keep it casual and informal!

First episode is now live!

Choose High-Quality Content

The first step is to select high-quality content. Research by Alley and Neeley (2005) shows that well-prepared audio lectures can engage students and improve learning outcomes. So, make sure you pick reputable sources, engaging speakers, and well-produced audio resources to make the most of your audio-based learning.

So what's a good podcast? Here's my thoughts

  1. Prep with P'Fella (on Apple and Spotify)
  2. PRS Global Open: Damien Marucci is a great host!
  3. The Upper Hand Podcast: an easy listen! Can be more ortho orientated.
  4. PRS Journal Club: ehh pretty dodgy audio at times.
  5. If there are any other great podcasts, reply to this email!

Combine Audio with Other Learning Methods

Mayer and Moreno (2003) found that using audio narration alongside visuals reduces cognitive load and leads to better learning outcomes. So, it's a good idea to combine audio with other learning methods, like taking notes, creating mind maps, or using visuals to reinforce the material.

Use Audio to Reinforce Your Learning

Rogowsky, Calhoun, and Tallal (2015) discovered that students who preferred auditory learning saw improved comprehension when using audio-based instruction. Recording your own summaries or explanations of complex topics and listening to them later can help solidify your understanding and reinforce your learning.

Leverage Downtime for Audio-Based Learning

One of the advantages of audio-based learning is its flexibility. You can listen to audio resources during downtime, such as commuting, exercising, or doing chores. Although there isn't specific research on this, it's a common-sense approach to maximize your learning time while enjoying the benefits of audio resources.

Experiment with Different Audio Formats and Content Types

Finally, experiment with different audio formats and content types to find what works best for you. While there might not be a specific study on this, it's always a good idea to explore various learning resources and adapt them to your personal preferences and needs.


1. Choose high-quality content for optimal learning outcomes.
2. Combine audio with other learning methods for better retention.
3. Use audio to reinforce your learning and solidify your understanding.
4. Leverage downtime for audio-based learning to maximize your study time
5. Experiment with different audio formats to find what works best for you.

Lots of love,


The Sunday Quiz

Are you the smartest plastic surgeon in the world? 

Great news, the leaderboard is now built! This will allow you to compare your progress over the next 6 questions. 

Vascular anomalies can be classified as malformations or tumours. The ISSVA system, developed by Mulliken and Glowacki, categorizes vascular abnormalities into two main types: high-flow and low-flow.

Vascular tumors are characterized by abnormal growth of blood vessels and can be benign, borderline, or malignant. These tumors do not grow in proportion to the patient's growth.

Vascular malformations are structural abnormalities that occur during fetal development and grow in proportion to the patient. They can be simple, combined, or associated with other conditions. Unlike vascular tumors, they do not involve abnormal growth of blood vessels.

Upcoming Events

Events, Courses, Conferences, Webinars

P'Fella will bring you a weekly roundup of major events, informative webinars, and fantastic courses.

Top 5 Events

  1. ICOPLAST 2nd World Congress, Dubai - 7th May
  2. FESSH Annual Meeting - Rimini, 10th May
  3. ASSH Annual Meeting - Toronto, 5th October
  4. Plastic Surgery - The Meeting: Texas, 26th Oct
  5. BAPRAS Congress - 29th Nov

"Connect" with more events

New Features

"Prep with P'Fella" is now live!

Elevate your plastic surgery knowledge with "Prep with P Fella"

A podcast that combines high-quality, evidence-based insights with an engaging and entertaining approach. Designed for quick coffee breaks or last-minute cramming, you'll look forward to every episode.

Learn from the best in the field and even hear from some famous voices who have joined the fun! Don't miss out on this unique learning experience.

🎧 Listen now! 🎧

Apple and Spotify

Image of the Week

AI-generated clinical images

AI-generated nodular melanoma

Tweets of the Week

Don't forget to follow P'Fella!

Articles of the Week

3 must-read articles, 1 deep-dive! 📚

3 Must-reads

  1. Stretching Promotes Wound Contraction??
    Kawai et al. Stretching Promotes Wound Contraction Through Enhanced Expression of Endothelin Receptor B and TRPC3 in Fibroblasts. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery-Global Open 11(4):p e4954, April 2023.
  2. Is research actually important during training?
    Wolfson et al. Residency Program Directors’ Views on Research Conducted During Medical School: A National Survey. Academic Medicine April 21, 2023.
  3. What's the best way to bridge a nerve gap?
    Lans, et al. A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Nerve Gap Repair: Comparative Effectiveness of Allografts, Autografts, and Conduits. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 151(5):p 814e-827e, May 2023.

Oral Propranolol for Infantile Hemangiomas (NEJM Journal Club)

Oral propranolol effectively treats infantile hemangiomas in 60% of participants compared to 4% with placebo in a randomized controlled trial. Further research is needed to determine optimal treatment duration and assess long-term effects

Read this Journal Club


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