Tailored insights for 2023-2043 Plastic Surgery interviews. Also, reproducibility in surgical outcomes, Sunday quiz on "Intrinsic Plus," and an AI-crafted eyelid tumour image!
In this week's edition
- ✍️ Letter from P'Fella
Reproducibility > surgical outcomes?
- 🤓 The Sunday Quiz
Intrinsic tightness is confusing +++
- 🔦 Spotlight
Updated Interview Prep for the new season.
- 📸 Image of the Week
AI-generated eyelid tumour.
- 🐣 Tweets of the Week
WALANT bro memes & more.
- 🤔 Ask P'Fella
Best prep for the interviews?
- 📝 Articles of the Week
3 hot reads on interview success!
- 💕 Feedback
Suggest ideas & give feedback!
PS - If you have an upcoming interview, these answer templates will help you.
A Letter from P'Fella
Reproducibility > Outcomes
Picture this: you're sipping your morning brew, scrolling through the Twitter universe, and suddenly you tumble down a rabbit hole of surgical wisdom and debate.
So, grab your mug (maybe make it a double) and let’s dissect this together, shall we?
The dialogue started with a striking observation: numerous promising surgical techniques don't get the widespread acceptance they deserve because they aren't universally reproducible. The assumption, for a procedure to gain widespread acceptance, reproducibility is paramount.
When diving deep into a topic like reproducibility in surgery, the terrain is multi-faceted and ever-evolving. Here are some key takeaways that emerged:
- Selection Bias: Are we inadvertently favoring certain surgeries or surgeons, leaving others overlooked?
- The Training Timeline: The timing of exposure during training can significantly shape a surgeon's journey. Early introductions to innovative procedures can set emerging surgeons on a transformative path.
- Navigating the Politics: Tightening referral guidelines and stringent credentialing can cause shifts in our medical community. This approach might lead to a scenario where a select few become guardians of their domains, potentially inhibiting broader progress.
- Teachability, Reproducibility, and Equality: A surgical procedure's success hinges on its teachability and reproducibility. Moreover, it's essential to address any lurking biases or monopolies in the medical world. Ensuring that all voices are equally represented and respected is vital for the collective growth of the medical community.
A Side Note on Publications:
Interestingly, while there's a plethora of publications discussing reproducibility in research, there seems to be a notable gap when it comes to reproducibility in surgery. It's an area demanding more spotlight and scholarly attention.
Reproducibility isn't solely about mastering a technique; it encapsulates training, exposure, politics, and beyond. As we march forward in the surgical domain, our compass should always point towards patient well-being.
Till our next tête-à-tête,
The Sunday Quiz
Intrinsic Muscle Anatomy
It was described by Finochietto in 1920 and later expanded upon by Bunnell in 1946.
Updated Interview Prep for 2023-2024
Tailored for 2023-2043 Plastic Surgery interviews, diving into past questions & successful candidate experiences.
🚀 Mock interviews, making prep feel more like the real deal.
🎯 Answer Templates: basically, your interview cheat sheets.
🧠 Academic: Get "fluent" in Plastic Surgery lingo
🤗 Personal Skills: Learn to hype yourself up – in the right way!
✅ Probity & Integrity: guaranteed interview stations.
🔥 Commitment & Development: Show 'em you're in it for the long haul.
🩺 Clinical Knowledge: real scenarios on hot plastic surgery topics.
💼 Real-time practice with feedback as an option.
It's pretty popular every year! 🚀
Image of the Week
AI-generated clinical images
Tweets of the Week
Don't forget to follow P'Fella!
You ask, I'll answer
I’ve found P’Fella’s interview section extremely helpful for interview practice. With an interview looming do you have any advice on what to focus on the day before? Thanks and good luck to everyone with interviews coming up!
First off, thanks for the kind words about the interview section! 🙌 Seems to have helped a lot of successful candidates.
Alright, so here's my two cents for the day before:
- Chill Mode On: Seriously, just take a breather. Whether that's jamming to your favourite tunes, meditating, or taking a stroll – just do you and relax.
- Quick Glance: Dive into those Answer Templates – SCALPEL!, ACED!, SCARRED!, and IDEA!. They're like the cheat codes for your interview game.
- Daydream a Bit: Picture yourself nailing that interview. Sounds silly, but trust me, it helps.
- Hit the Hay Early: Nothing beats being fresh. So, get some solid Zzz's.
I personally believe in the "less is more" philosophy, especially the day before a big event. A clear, uncluttered mind works wonders.
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Articles of the Week
3 must-read articles on interviews! 📚
- Does the interview affect your ranking?
De May H, Marquez JL, Scott K, Pires G, Crombie C. The Association Between Interview Day and Rank Order in Plastic Surgery Match: Is Recency Effect to Blame? J Surg Educ. 2023 Aug;80(8):1172-1178.
- How the virtual interview changes things
Ferry AM, Asaad M, Elmorsi R, Rajesh A, Williams EM, Wolf SE, Rohrich RJ, Pederson WC, Maricevich RS. Impact of the Virtual Format on Plastic Surgery Residency and Fellowship Interviews: A National Cross-Sectional Study. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022 Sep 1;150(3):684e-690e.
- Plastic Surgery Interview Optimisation
Rohrich RJ, Rodriguez ED, Unger JG. How to Put Your Best Self Forward in Plastic Surgery Residency Interviews. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Nov 1;148(5S):97S-100S. doi: 10.1097/01.prs.0000794904.88349.7e. PMID: 34699504.