Are you prepared for ICD-10?

On October 1, the United States will transition to the ICD-10-CM diagnostic coding system – the biggest change to medical coding in the last 20 years. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has created an online interactive learning module designed to provide broad familiarity with the ICD-10-CM codebook and the steps necessary to accurately report new codes for plastic surgery. This in-depth course begins with the basic structure and concepts of the new system and progresses into the specifics of coding the diseases, locations and causes that frequently arise within the specialty. By using “Now You Code It” interactive exercises, downloadable coding challenges and a CME exam, this single module will quickly help coders make a smooth transition to ICD-10-CM.

Be ahead of the curve and access the ICD-10-CM Introductory Course on PSEN, today.

ASPS designates this online course for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This Month’s Patient Safety Discussion Sounds Off on VTE Prevention



The latest Patient Safety Discussion on PSEN sparks conversation on the topic of Venous Thromboembolism prevention and screening.

ASPS Patient Safety Committee member, Gary Culbertson, MD, will be guiding the forum discussion hot topic, highlighting preoperative screening, significant risk factors, family history, postoperative planning and cost.

Patient Safety Discussion is a newly created forum in the PSEN Community that will be host of month long, open discussions on hot topics regarding patient safety.  The format allows and encourages completely open and honest conversation that will be community driven and committee guided.

Any and all members are encouraged to participate, so feel free to log on and chime in.  All questions, comments, concerns and answers are welcome here.

To join in on the discussion, head over to the PSEN Community Section.

Exciting News: PSEN and ASRM Partnership Announced

“The Plastic Surgery Education Network is already the largest online Plastic Surgery education tool, and we are striving to continue to add value to your membership.  Today, we are pleased to announce that PSEN and ASRM signed a formal three-year letter of agreement.  This agreement makes possible the capture of the ASRM annual meeting and hosting of this content on PSEN.  Some of the content will be freely available to members, while the remainder will be offered at a reduced rate to those that attend the meeting.  Annual meetings from years past are completely free to members and we encourage you to explore interesting panels from those meetings.”

-Raman Mahabir, MD, PSEN Editorial Committee Co-Editor


July’s Surgery Spotlight Video now on PSEN

In this month’s Surgery Spotlight, Jeffrey Kozlow, MD, demonstrates both sentinel lymph node biopsy and the primary resection with skin graft reconstruction of a plantar foot melanoma. The patient is a 59-year-old man who presents a 3.5 mm deep melanoma on his foot.  First, sentinel lymph node biopsy from the inguinal region is demonstrated—including the use of lymphoscintigraphy and intra-operative lymph node mapping techniques, which utilize a gamma probe and blue dye. The second part of the operation demonstrates local excision of the primary lesion, followed by a full-thickness skin graft for reconstruction. With the increased incidence of melanoma, along with some of the unique locations of disease, such as the plantar foot, Dr. Kozlow discusses the role that plastic surgeons can have in the surgical management of melanoma. He discusses the importance of participating in institutional melanoma tumor boards and the benefits for plastic surgeons who want to be involved with oncologic care.

Past Surgery Spotlight programs remain freely available to view on PSEN. Hard copies of these programs can also be purchased from the PSEN DVD LibrarySurgery Spotlight is a video-based product line produced by the Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN).


Lectures from the Aesthetica Symposium Now Available on PSEN

More than 30 hours of expert talks from Aesthetica are now available through PSEN. Topics cover complications and dueling perspectives in Breast, Body and Face.

The Aesthetica Super Symposium combined the content and approaches of three previous ASPS Symposia: Dueling Perspectives in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Management of Complications in Plastic Surgery and the Regenerative Medicine Summit. The meeting was divided into three concurrent tracks, reflecting those approaches, and then divided within that between Face, Breast and Body. PSEN now offers recordings of the lectures from that meeting to view whenever you like.

Save money by purchasing now, as the recordings are available at a special introductory price through June 21st. Purchase your access here.