Throughout my career as a board-certified plastic surgeon, I’ve always put a strong emphasis on continuing education. To me, attending and/or presenting at medical meetings is imperative to maintaining one’s position at the innovative forefront of plastic surgery, as well as helping to ensure patients are receiving the highest quality of care possible. Although I believe there are advantages to both attending and presenting at these continuing education conferences, I must admit it’s when I’m presenting rather than simply attending that I feel I truly learn the most.
For instance, towards the end of last year I presented a couple lectures at Plastic Surgery The Meeting, an annual educational symposium put on by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). My first lecture was a four-hour Masters Course on large volume fat transfer to the breasts during which I discussed the role fat grafting can play in all forms of breast surgery, including augmentation, reconstruction, and even revision. While my main goal was for my medical colleagues to take away key aspects of my lecture and implement them into their own practices, I felt that I really benefited from the entire experience just as much, if not more.
Since I was sharing the podium with three of the world’s leaders in the area of large volume fat grafting, I listened more intently and was able to interchange innovative ideas and concepts throughout the event. It also forced me to stop and synthesize my thoughts; really look at what I was doing in a critical light. So by analyzing my concepts and figuring the best way to describe the process of fat transfer clearly to others, it all became clearer to myself and I probably gained as much from the course as I was able to give.
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