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ASPS President's Page: A busy summer ahead

Hello again and welcome to the May installment of the President's Page – a behind the scenes look at what the Society is working on for our membership and specialty at large.

We've got a jam-packed summer ahead of us – we head to Washington, D.C., June 26-28 for our annual Advocacy Summit to bring issues facing our specialty to the attention of lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Now is also a good time to note that registration is open for the Breast Surgery and Body Contouring Symposium, which heads south to Austin, Texas, July 19-21.

John Y.S. Kim, MD, this year's symposium chair, says that in addition to this year's fantastic programming – which, for the first time, will include a cadaver prosection workshop – the event will be set against a backdrop all attendees will find enjoyable: "The regional flavor of Austin captures authentic Americana – from live music, to diverse cuisine and the rolling vistas of the Hill Country. It's an opportunity to see a unique part of the country while learning the latest in breast and body plastic surgery."

Registration is also open for the "Close The Loop 5K," which will take place during our annual meeting on September 30 in Chicago. I know plenty of our members will have their running shoes ready to raise money for Breast Reconstruction Awareness USA. If you're not the running type, but still want to get involved, you can pledge for a team or participants or volunteer to help with this fantastic event.

I know some of you attended the Society's Women Plastic Surgeons Enrichment Retreat in February. That's just one facet of the work done by the Women Plastic Surgeon's Steering Committee and Victoria Vastine, MD, the chair of that committee, is here to fill us in on what the issues and topics the committee is looking into. Ash Patel, MD, the chair of the Young Plastic Surgeons Committee is also here to talk about the fantastic work YPS is doing.

If you have any thoughts or comments on what the Society is doing or anything that you'd like to see highlighted, please feel free to get in touch with me! My email address is

Yours in service,


Young Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee Update

The members of the YPS Steering Committee are looking forward to Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2018 in Chicago [LINK], during which we will have several activities. For the first time in our Society's history, a Resident council has been established to help improve resident engagement. The Resident representative to the Board of Directors – currently Russell Ettinger, MD – leads this council. The council will be meeting at the annual meeting, and we are involving its members in programming for both medical students and international residents. With the direction of The PSF President Arun Gosain, MD, this year we are offering resident travel scholarships to PSTM18. Details can be found here.

The ever-popular Plastic Surgery Essentials for Students has been extensively updated for its ninth edition, and recently went live on PSEN. The new edition includes several new chapters, and, for the first time, color photographs and graphics. Every student interested in plastic surgery should be directed to this much-improved resource.

Once again, the brightest residents from around the world will be competing to be Residents Bowl Champions during PSTM18. We hope to build on the success of last year's competition – the largest in meeting history. I encourage spectators and hecklers alike to come witness the spectacle, and cheer on their alma mater!

In support of The PSF, we have been working with the designers at Vineyard Vines to produce some merchandise exclusively for sale at PSTM18 in Chicago. Details will soon be available, but this year's limited edition ties, scarves, pocket squares and make-up bags are sure to be hot sellers. If you are looking to improve your style and give to charity, we have what you need!

-Ash Patel, MD, Chair

Women Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee Update

The WPS Steering Committee has enjoyed a busy year that started with a successful luncheon on mentoring that was part of Plastic Surgery The Meeting 2017 in Orlando. In the time since then, we have supported research with a survey study, which is still in data analysis, regarding breast conservation therapy. In February, we held a successful Women's Retreat in Banff, Canada, which saw several ladies from our Society in attendance to engage with Jenni Prisk about public speaking, presentations and negotiations. We are actively planning our next retreat, which is scheduled for January 2019 in Atlanta, as well as the next Women's luncheon for PSTM18. The committee continues to participate in ASPS Leadership and Governance goals, serving to be the voice not only for women, but also diversity in our Society.

-Victoria Vastine, MD, Chair