Friday, 27 August 2010

FRCS(Plast) questions online

The 'Doctors Academy' are now selling single best answer and extended matching questions online at for FRCS(Plast). I tried a practice SBA and the software didn't seem to work. The EMQ did though and it seemed OK.

There are options to select other plastic surgery exams (e.g. American Board) but it is unclear whether this gives access to other questions.

Plastic surgery videos are available as well at around a pound a pop. No videos to preview though. Online subscription fees range from £10.99 for 15 days up to £25.99 for 6 months. A hardback book is also available.

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Inhibition of mutated, activated BRAF in metastatic melanoma

This article is getting a lot of press attention. It appears that mutations in the gene encoding the serine-threonine protein kinase B-RAF are a good target for treating melanoma skin cancer.

Flaherty et al. report a multi-centre, phase 1 trial of the inhibitor PLX4032. Eighty percent of patients with the BRAF mutations responded to treatment where as those without didn't.

This has great potential for targeted individual treatment for melanoma patients with the mutated gene. Further laboratory and clinical trials are planned.

Keith T. Flaherty et al. Inhibition of Mutated, Activated BRAF in Metastatic Melanoma. N Engl J Med 2010; 363:809-819 (August 26, 2010). Find the article here.

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Back to school

The new academic year is almost here. The RSM kicks off on Tuesday 12th October with an evening focusing on plastic surgery charities.

The new Section President, Simon Eccles, will be in the chair. The programme is below. The speakers have all recently made appearances in TV programmes related to their charity work abroad - see earlier posts under 'media'. Register here.

7.00 pm Introduction - Charities form the perspective of four different commissions
7.05 pm  Mr David Dunaway, Consultant Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, GOS
7.20 pm  Mr Niall Kirkpatrick, Consultant Plastic surgeon, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
7.40 pm Ms Sarah Driver-Jowitt, Chief Executive, Facing the World
8.00 pm Mr Juling Ong, Craniofacial Fellow, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital


The funding for eLPRAS has been cut by the ConDem government. It is now on hold indefinitely. Options are being explored and there may be an alternative project. Watch this space.