April 2013 Rotterdam - Joseph Rizk (Sydney, Australia)

“To begin with, the Dutch Association for Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship (DAFPRS) is an excellent opportunity to learn from thoughtful and innovative surgeons. The Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons at Erasmus MC, Utrecht Medical Centre and private clinics in The Hague allowed me to spend time with them and learn from enthusiastic Surgeons. The scope of cases in facial plastic surgery is extensive in the Rotterdam and surrounding campuses. Dr van der Meulen provides detailed insight and training in paediatric craniofacial surgery and a no nonsense approach to facial cosmetic surgery. Dr Stevens provides an enthusiastic opinion of facial cosmetics with high volume of patients for MACS lifting and lipofilling. Dr Stevens provides a step by step instruction for his procedures and is current with scientific research in facial cosmetic surgery, in particular lipofilling (fat grafting) in which he allowed me to contribute to some research. Professor Moshe Kon is an amazing resource for ear reconstruction with an international reputation. He was brilliant to scrub in with and a highlight of the fellowship. There is ample opportunity for head and neck reconstruction at Daniel Dan Hoed Hospital. The DAFPRS timetable is well structured but flexible with the fellow able to choose what he or she will do each day. The unit meetings at Erasmus MC are excellent discussions about difficult patients and interesting topics. These meetings are in English. All of the medical staff speak English however some Paediatric clinics are solely in Dutch as patients and their families are cared for in their native tongue. The microsurgery skills lab is an excellent resource for honing and maintaining microsurgical skills using live models. As well as seeing the public practice, there is also an opportunity to experience the private practice of some surgeons which helped with understanding how to start and maintain a private practice. Dr Jacques van der Meulen as supervisor was generous with his knowledge and time and I thank him for this excellent opportunity. I returned home with an open mind and some new approaches to technical aspects for caring for patients and building my own practice.”


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