Chair-elect Dr. Justin Sacks has put together a fantastic scientific program which he has outlined in detail. In addition to coming to Birmingham for a great PSRC meeting, I also want to encourage you to come early and/or stay late to enjoy some of the wonderful activities available in the Birmingham area. May is a beautiful time of year in Birmingham. Here are a few ideas for you to consider: For those of you who love to golf, I highly recommend one of the Robert Trent Jones Golf trail courses. The RTJ trail consists of 26 18-hole golf courses at 11 sites across Alabama. The Ross Bridge Golf Course is close by and is one of the longest courses in the world but offers multiple tees for golfers of all levels. Symbolic of an old parkland style golf course, ten holes play along the banks of two lakes connected by a spectacular waterfall dropping 80 feet between the ninth and eighteenth greens. If you want to stay over Sunday night at the Renaissance Hotel at Ross Bridge and play golf while you are there, please let me know. We may be able to get discounted rates for you. If you are interested in playing golf at one of the local country clubs, I can help arrange that for you as well.
PSRC members are invited to sign up for the fifth year of the Mentorship Program! The Mentorship Program pairs established plastic surgery researchers with young faculty, fellows, residents, or research fellows to provide them with the unique opportunity to gain experience from seasoned research veterans.
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The PSRC 63rd Annual Meeting is only a few months away and I am looking forward with great anticipation to welcoming you all to Birmingham, Alabama. This year we received 485 abstract submissions, a record for the Research Council, and slotted 144 podium presentations, 60 quick shot presentations and 64 posters on the program. This overwhelming interest in our meeting and in plastic surgery research shows us that our field and the PSRC continue to thrive and are more vibrant than ever. Dr. Tim King, the Chair of the PSRC, and I have planned strong scientific programs and engaging social events, which will take place at the Sheraton Birmingham and at attractions around the city. The meeting will be a celebration of Plastic Surgery and all aspects of the basic, clinical and translational research related to the field. Read More
1. What was your light bulb moment / turning point into research?
- The 2018 Annual Meeting preliminary program is now online. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the scientific program and social events before you get to Birmingham!
- Annual Meeting social events included with registration: Thursday, May 17th PSRC Members Dinner at the Birmingham Museum of Art (Members only, or ticket must be purchased by a member for a non-member to attend), Friday, May 18th Welcome Reception at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum, Saturday, May 19th Poster Reception, Saturday May 19th Mentorship Program Reception (program participants only), Saturday, May 19th Women in Plastic Surgery Research Reception (by invitation)
- Register before the early bird registration deadline of Monday, March 25, 2018 to avoid a $50 increase in fees.
- Reserve your housing by the deadline of Monday, April 23, 2018 to receive the discounted group rate at the Sheraton Birmingham.
I became interested in outcomes research in the early 1990ís. At that time, there were very few plastic surgeons doing this this type of research. Despite the fact that what we do every day in plastic surgery has such a profound effect on patientsí quality of life, there were few studies attempting to measure these benefits in a scientific fashion. This was particularly true for my clinical focusóbreast reconstruction. With the help of colleagues from the School of Public Health at the University of Michigan, we were able to demonstrate that breast reconstruction conveys significant psychosocial and quality of life benefits for women undergoing mastectomies. To actually be able to measure the positive impact of our efforts on patientsí lives was (and still is) very moving for me.
1. You are a newly elected PSRC Candidate member. Congratulations! Why did you decide to join the PSRC community?
I joined the PSRC to know what research is happening in our field and to have an active role in it.
2. What are your expectations from the PSRC as an organization and from the Research Council community?
I would like the PSRC to support and promote high quality research in Plastic Surgery! We are an innovative specialty and I think that should be reflected in the volume, scope and quality of the research being conducted.
3. How do you plan to contribute to the Research Council?
As a new member, I hope to contribute research but I also want to get involved in supporting research efforts of other members.
The 2018 PSRC Business Meeting will be held Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 12:00 PM at the Sheraton Birmingham in Birmingham, Alabama during the upcoming PSRC Annual Meeting. The Active membership will elect the 2019-2020 PSRC Chair during the Business Meeting who will preside over the 2020 Annual Meeting. Executive summaries from those running will be sent to the membership in advance of the meeting in Birmingham. Please remember that only Active members of the PSRC are able to vote on business matters.
The new PSF Graduate Research Scholarship is to provide tuition support to a plastic surgeon in his/her pursuit of an advanced degree in research (i.e. Masterís in Science, Epidemiology / Biostatistics, etc.).
The new PSF Clinical Research Leaders Scholarship provides funding to support the participation of talented, motivated plastic surgeon-scientists to attend select clinical research training and development programs around the country. The goal is to enhance skills in outcomes, translational and clinical research.
Deadline for both is April 1, 2018. For more details on both programs, including applications and guidelines, visit https://www.thepsf.org/awards-scholarships-and-fellowships