April 2012 Rotterdam/London - Sofia Parara (Athens, Greece)

“The DAFPRS fellowships give you have a chance to decide the kinds of operation you can really do. It’s an opportunity to boost your self-confidence being next to great surgeons that set a good example of how to practice plastic surgery. It totally depends on the fellow & how active one is. I managed to scrub in 157 operations & observed 150 more during the 6 month period! In the Netherlands I learned a lot on Head & Neck reconstruction, facial palsy, rhinoplasty & nose reconstruction, face-lift, face lipofilling & ear reconstruction. I had the chance to practice in the superb Microsurgery Skills Lab in the Faculty of Erasmus MC, tutored by Mrs. Hekking & Mrs. Fijnman. In London I focused more on my personal interest, facial reanimation primary & secondary procedures, the rest of the time devoted to face-lift, rhinoplasty & ear reconstruction. The rest of the time I had the chance to refine breast techniques, reconstruction with free flaps & body aesthetic surgery.  It’s been a pleasure to meet & work with: Dr. Mureau, Dr. van der Meulen, Dr. Klepetko, Dr. Stevens, Prof. Kon, Prof. Mathijssen, Dr. Smit &  Dr. Corten. I’m also most obliged to Mrs. van Woerkom & Mrs. de Ridder-Sack for guiding me through the first days in Rotterdam. As for London, I would like to thank Mr. Harrison, Mr. Grobbelaar, Mr. Chana, Mr. Floyd & Mrs. Jemec for making it such a worthwhile lesson in plastic surgery. I strongly recommend this fellowship to plastic surgeons that have just finished their training & are wondering “Am I able to operate the face on my own?” The answer to that question was successfully given by Niccolò Machiavelli: “All courses of action are risky, so prudence is not in avoiding danger (it’s impossible), but calculating risk and acting decisively. Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth. Develop the strength to do bold things, not the strength to suffer.”

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