Sunday, 22 July 2012

BMJ round-up

I have recently started receiving the paper copy of the BMJ after rejoining the BMA. Flicking through it I am often surprised by the number of plastic surgery related stories.

This week Tim Goodacre features as the lead for revision of the BAPRAS national code of practice for cosmetic surgeons. There is also a call for a compulsory register of breast implants. Both these initiatives are in repsonse to the recent PiP implant scandal.

A new, Wellcome funded, video has brought female genital cosmetic surgery to the fore. The surgery is on the rise but are women fully informed? Check out the award winning Centrefold animated documentary here.

International Microsurgery Simulation Society UPDATE

The inaugural meeting of the IMSS was a great success. It is now going to apply to become a registered charity to be based at the Blizard Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry.

The next meeting with be hosted by Columbia University, NYC, USA on 4th May 2012. Dr Yelena Akelina will be the local organiser. A website is in development but the a correspondence email address is now active  microsurgerysimulationsoceity @

Ali Ghanem will serve as the correspondence secretary and Professor Simon Myers is the Inaugural President.