Saturday, 19 May 2012

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist

This exhibition recently opened at the Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace. It is an incredible collection of anatomical drawings acquired by Charles II in the late 17th century.

The drawings can be viewed online but it is well worth seeing them in the flesh. If the drawings had been formally published they would have cast a shadow over the work of Vesalius, which followed shortly afterwards.

The 500th anniversary of the birth of Vesalius will be celebrated in a couple of years time.


Sunday, 13 May 2012

RSM: How to optimise your CV for a consultant post in plastic surgery

On Tuesday the Plastic Surgery Section at the RSM held an evening on "How to optimise your CV for a consultant post". Barbara Jemec, this year's President, brought together three informative speakers and an unsurprisingly attentive audience of trainees.

First up was Eric Freedlander, Past-president of BAPRAS. He spoke on the BAPRAS workforce survey and the implications for trainees.

The talk was at best sobering and at times made for painful listening. Nonetheless Mr Freedlander provided a transparent and detailed assessment of the current situation and projected figures for the next few years. The reality is that there is little room at the top and this is unlikely to improve in the near future. 

Competition to gain entry to the specialty remains stiff. The ratio is 18 applicants for each post at ST3. At the other end there are large numbers of trainees gaining their CCT (projected 35 this year) but few retiring surgeons (4 in 2011). There are approximately 424 consultants in the UK with 40-55 age bracket containing the largest number.

Over the last ten years there has been significant expansion in consultant numbers but this has now come to an end. The current financial climate and rationing will probably lead to further reduction in workload.

Consultant numbers could be expanded a little if fewer consultant worked beyond a full time job and gave these hours to a new post. There might be an increase in part time working as the number of female trainees increases. However, there is no evidence of this with the current work force - female surgeons are working the same number of hours as their male colleagues.

Monday, 7 May 2012

MASH it up at Queen Mary's

The plastic surgery group at Barts and The London / Queen Mary's have launched their website.

It contains information about the Microsurgery Anastomosis Simulation Hub (MASH) and their courses.

These include an MSc in Burn Care, MSc in Aesthetic Surgery and a Diploma in Aesthetic Medicine. They are also home to a Keloid research group.

They are are organising two meetings in the near future, both in the G.E. Fogg Lecture Theatre at the Mile End Campus, QMUL:

  • Inaugural meeting of the International Microsurgery Simulation Society on 30/06/2012
  • 2nd Meeting of the Hypertrophic and Keloid Scar Society on 01/07/2012

Frankfurt Microsurgery Teaching Course

The Frankfurt Microsurgery Teaching Course is run twice a year and taught in English. 

It is five days long and costs approximately £1300.

The website has a PDF of the programme and lots of other information about the course as well as some positive feedback . . .

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

MSc in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Practice

Anglia Ruskin University has launched a new MSc in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery Practice. The first course will start in September. It has had a luke warm response from the RCS and BAAPS.

There is already an MSc in Aesthetic Surgery at Barts and The London.