Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Plastic Surgery Research - who, what, where, when, how?

BAPRAS have just updated the research section on the website. There is new advice on academic training and when to do a higher degree.

There are also details on the various MSc courses available in the UK. Including the new course at UCL.

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Hand fracture fixation

The AO Hand Fixation course in Leeds was excellent. There was a good balance between, lectures, group discussion and practical sessions. The later was the main focus and most enjoyable.

It was interesting to hear from other trainees that for some overseas hand fellowships the AO course was the only hand course that was recognised.

I choose the AO course because of a recommendation and the timing but there are others:

Leicester Hand Fracture Management Course 12th/13th November 2012. Contact Mrs Elaine James There are a few places left.

The Pulvertaft Hand Centre in Derby runs courses - the next will be in 2013.

There are a couple of Apps that are good for managing fractures:

AO Surgery Reference for managing hand fractures (and fractures of any bone in the body)

DePuySynthes for details of their kit and how to use it.

Medic-Courses Plastic Surgery

Medic-Courses have a "Core Skills in Plastic Surgery and Anatomy Refresher Course" on 18th December 2012. 

It will take place at Guy's Hospital Medical School and promises to cover essential skills in plastic surgery, key anatomy and practical skills. It is £200. 

Future courses will include a plastic surgery emergencies course and Botox training course.

If you are interested check out their website here or email

Saturday, 27 October 2012

The Combined Management of Open Tibial Fractures

This is a bit late notice. The course is on Thursday 8th and Friday 9th November up in York at the Smith and Nephew Surgical Skills Centre.

It is an intensive hands on course based in the wet lab.

For registration and further information go to

Sunday, 21 October 2012

3D printing

3D printing or additive manufacturing has finally reached a tipping point. The 3D Printshow London 2012 this weekend showcased what can be achieved.

The software is now user friendly e.g. Google SketchUp and the printers are 'cheap'.

3D printers for the home are around £1000; brands include formlabs, MakerBot, ultimaker and cb-printerReprapcentral has a 3D printer store.

3D printing has been used for medical purposes for sometime. For instance, creating models from CT scan data to plan operations and to print custom prostheses. As the technology becomes cheaper there will be many more applications.

Biological 3D printing is also making progress. Organovo is one company producing printed tissue. The video below demonstrates printing blood vessels using an off the shelf printer.

Monday, 8 October 2012

RSM Plastic Surgery Section 2012/13

Tomorrow is a joint RSM and Pan Thames training day on rhinoplasty. Below is the Plastic Surgery Section programme for the rest of the year.

9 October A master class in rhinoplasty surgery

1 - 2 December The 5th annual Undergraduate Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery (UPRAS) conference 2012

11 December Separating siamese twins

West Midland Craniofacial Fellowship

A 12 month craniofacial fellowship has been advertised in Birmingham. Closing date for applications is Monday 22nd October at Midnight. 

Contact Mr Hiroshi Nishikawa, Clinical Lead, Craniofacial Surgery Unit at the Birmingham Children's Hospital or email

Application is via the online recruitment service here.