August 2010 Rotterdam - Negin Shamsian (Oxford, UK)

“Rotterdam’s Sophia hospital is an undisputed centre of excellence in facial surgery receiving referrals from all over the Netherlands. Its unique blend of innovative surgery and strong research base make it an ideal place to have a period of training. I haven’t had the opportunity to do this fellowship yet, but have had the privilege of a short visit to Rotterdam, one of the largest craniofacial units in Europe. My opinion is that any trainee that is chosen for the fellowship will be very fortunate indeed. I understand the fellowship covers all aspects of facial plastic surgery including congenital conditions, reconstructive surgery, and cosmetic surgery. I cannot speak highly enough of this department after my recent visit. I have had the pleasure of meeting the craniofacial consultants Dr Jacques van der Meulen, Dr Irene Mathijssen and Dr Leon van Adrichem, and also Dr Marc Mureau who are not only amongst the most talented surgeons that I have met but also very pleasant individuals. The fellowship supervisor is Craniofacial and reconstructive Plastic Surgeon Dr van der Meulen who is a leading professional in paediatric plastic surgery including craniofacial and cleft surgery, and secondary cleft rhinoplasty. He is an excellent and effective teacher, an exceptional clinician, and an admirable individual and it was a privilege to meet him. To any trainee thinking of applying for this fellowship, I would recommend it wholeheartedly. A Dutch Proverb says “Every goodbye is the birth of a memory”. My memory of Rotterdam will be one of a group of very talented individuals who are not only valuable role models as surgeons, trainers and clinicians but also in their way in which they treat others. The team at Rotterdam including the professor, consultants, trainees, nurses and co-ordinators Ms van Woerkom, and Ms Sack have succeeded in combining a very high standard of care, and training as well as a very enjoyable working environment which made me feel very welcome both academically and socially on my short visit and for that I would like to thank them.”

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