|From The President|
Just prior to our Winter Retreat in Chicago, the ACAPS Board and Committee leadership met for a strategic planning session. The growth and accomplishments of our organization over the past five years has been amazing.
The commitment of our many extremely talented members to the next generation of plastic surgeons is inspiring to me. At our meeting, ACAPS leadership defined and adopted the following Mission Statement and Core Values:
Dr Hultman and I met recently to incorporate and plan how the action items from the planning session will build upon the strong efforts by our current ACAPS Committees - please see our updated Committee Charge Summary. More to come at our Spring meeting.
Please join me in expressing appreciation to Tony Smith, MD and our Program Faculty for a fantastic Winter Retreat last month in Chicago. The morning session devoted to "Graduate Surgical Education in the 21st Century" was a clear demonstration of activities that are core to our Mission. Lisa David’s afternoon session devoted to plastic surgery resident recruitment and selection provided new information and ideas that will help us all in this crucial aspect of our mission. Julie Park provided an update from her new Resident Leave Task Force. A proposed ACAPS policy on this issue will be presented at our Spring meeting. Program Faculty are preparing abstracts from their presentations along with the six members whose abstracts that were selected for publication in PRS-GO.
I always look forward to Spring but I am especially looking forward to our ACAPS Meeting this Spring which will feature the combined meetings of PSRC and AAPS. Our Program Committee has assembled a great Retreat and AAPS Panel which I am confident you will find valuable.
Please make plans to join us in New York City!
John Kitzmiller, M.D.
|ACAPS Winter Retreat|
|The ACAPS Winter Retreat was held February 6th and 7th in Chicago. The first session on Saturday morning covered Teaching and Learning Employing the Tools of the 21st Century. Presenters and topics covered in this session included: Dr. Jean Nehme (Touchsurgery); Dr. Orrin Franko (Hand Surgery and the Web); Dr. Mike Neumeister (Surgical Lessons with New Technology); Drs. Ed Luce and Howard Wang (The PSEN: Appreciating its Potential); Dr. Warren Hammert (Hand-e); Dr. Robert Weber (Resident Performance Assessment); Dr. Hooman Soltanian (Surgical Simulation). The second session was on Resident Recruitment. Presenters and topics covered in this session included: Dr. Anthony Smith (Early Resident Recruitment); Dr. Lisa David (Plastic Surgery Applicant Survey Data); Dr. Henry Vasconez (What Makes a Plastic Surgery Residency Program Attractive? An Applicant’s Perspective); Dr. Jennie Cheeseborough ( Visiting 4th Medical Students: What Matters to Them); Drs. Julie Corcoran and Riesa Burnett (Best Interviewing Practices for Resident Selection); Dr. Steve Byrum (Hartman Value Profile) Dr. Michael Harrington (Using the Hartman Value Profile in Resident Recruitment). A Technology Tutorial on Sunday morning included all the technology applications covered on Saturday as well as RADAR which was presented by Drs. Barry Fernando and Tracy Pfeifer. Additionally on Sunday there was a session on Resident Leave Consideration presented by Dr. Julie Park and an Educational Papers Session moderated by Drs. Scott Hultman and Steve Kasten.
Anthony A. Smith, MD
|ACAPS Community Page on PSEN|
| The Mentorship and Communications Committees have identified the Community page option of PSEN as an attractive option to help keep our communication channels open. To-date ACAPS Board Members have been trialing the ACAPS Community page on PSEN before extending it to the remaining ACAPS community. We have initiated three topics for discussion following the initial welcome message:
|Resident Selection Committee Update|
The focus of the committee this fall has been three-fold:
Lisa David MD and Amanda Gosman MD
|Hartman Value Profile|
|As a result of Michael Harrington and Steve Byrum’s presentation at the Winter Retreat, an invitation to trial the Hartman Value Profile for ACAPS members will be forthcoming in a separate communication.
|Plastic Surgery Boot Camp|
Building on the success of last July’s inaugural Plastic Surgery Boot Camp, the PSBC task force has been actively coordinating this year's upcoming event. As we collate our 6-month outcomes and feedback from the inaugural program, we're making adjustments to the curriculum, including providing durable materials to the participants. A number of institutions have also volunteered as potential regional sites for an expanded boot camp program, and are being currently vetted as we finalize industry support for this year's event. We anticipate a final date for the program sometime in late July/early August 2016.
Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Vu T. Nguyen, M.D.
|Medical Student Outreach|
We have compiled a list of programs, away rotation duration and start dates, institutional website links and contact persons at each program who shared their information. If your program is not listed in the spreadsheet, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your program information to have this updated and included as we strive to make this a valuable resource for our students.
|Global Health Column|
This newsletter will feature a testimonial from 2015 UCSD craniofacial fellow.
Maximizing Academic Productivity with International Collaborators
I have the privilege of calling Wone Banda, MD, first plastic surgery resident in Malawi and ConnectMed International Visiting Scholar my research collaborator. She has been an invaluable contributor in my research on outcomes on plastic surgery mission trips; I helped her with her outstanding work on pediatric burn incidence and mortality in Malawi. Together we have pushed those projects farther along than we could have done alone.
International collaborative plastic surgery research unquestionably allows us to answer the big questions of our day faster and more accurately, but working together across oceans and time zones is not without challenges.
Here I share my experience in our successful international research collaboration:
Find a Kindred Spirit
Ask Them about Their Research
Involve the Collaborator in your Research
Open Source Technology
Put on your International Glasses
As academic surgeons, we are motivated to produce excellent research and improve plastic surgery outcomes internationally. Our international plastic surgery colleagues are our best allies!
|ACAPS Spring Retreat|
|Plan to attend the Spring Retreat being held in conjunction with the Joint AAPS/PSRC Meeting at the Sheraton
New York on Thursday, May 19. View program
The Annual Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 19, from 2:00 – 5:00 PM.
|ACAPS encourages all members to consider service on an ACAPS committee. Please take a look at the committee list and contact the Administrative office if you are interested in serving on a committee next year.|
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