“My first three months in Rotterdam were perfectly organised thanks to the efforts of Miss Perlita van Woerkom that quickly introduced me to the hospital life. I could move between three hospitals and two private practices with a huge variety of surgeries, getting in touch with different surgeons. The cases included mostly craniofacial cases, oncologic head and neck reconstruction and facial aesthetic. Every week the staff meeting was a good opportunity to revise all the cases and hear from experienced surgeons’ opinions, each meeting was held in English as kindness to allow the fellows to understand. The timetable was full of scheduled surgeries but the fellow has the privilege to move freely around. A special thank goes to Dr. van der Meulen, who introduced me into the paediatric craniofacial world, Dr. Klepetko, who took care of oncologic reconstructive procedures, Dr. Mureau, a keen teacher and a versatile surgeon on facial reconstruction, Prof. Kon whose experience is internationally renown and Dr. Stevens one of the most enthusiastic teacher I have ever met, always on the edge of the most advanced surgical approaches. All the staff members not directly involved into the fellowship programme actively included me, it was a great resource as well.
The second half of the Fellowship was a completely different experience. At Laclinic Dr. Pfulg and Dr. LeHuu guided me into a pure aesthetic surgery world. I had the rare opportunity of a one-to-one teaching experience, every day for three months. At Laclinic I learnt details of aesthetic surgery, I started to consider brand new approaches and how to deal with demanding patients, when every detail detail counts.
Each and every member of the staff supported me despite upon my arrival I could not speak French, and taught to me how to organise a private practice to provide a state-of-the-art service before and after surgery. Somehow it was not easy to perform procedures on cosmetic patients but the amount of experience you get is a great reward. When I started the Fellowship I was at my second year of practice as Plastic Surgeon, nevertheless it was one of the best professional choices ever made.”