PSEN Wants You!

Are you interested in supporting plastic surgery education, to help ensure that plastic surgeons everywhere have access to the most up-to-date clinical developments in the field?

Then PSEN wants you!

The Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) is looking for plastic surgeons to serve on the PSEN Editorial Committee for the coming year. Over the past two years, the educational network has been built by a devoted group of surgeons interested in creating the ultimate online library for the entire specialty. That work needs to continue, and the first meeting of a new PSEN Editorial Committee will be held in San Diego at Plastic Surgery 2013.

“PSEN is a plastic surgery website for plastic surgeons, by plastic surgeons,” says Al Aly, MD, PSEN editor-in-chief. “We have had some really dedicated editors and assistant editors over the past two years, helping to get the site going. But we’d like to spread the net wider. The more people we can get involved, the better this site will be. And we want this to be the best plastic surgery oriented online education site anywhere. Whether you have just started practice or have been in the field 25 years,  if you have an interest in preserving the knowledge of the specialty in one place, I encourage you to join our team.”

PSEN will be selecting surgeons to serve as either topic editors or committee members in all the subject areas of the PSEN site: Aesthetic, Breast, Hand/Peripheral Nerve, Pediatric/Craniofacial and Reconstructive/Micro.

“PSEN has become an outstanding member benefit and the envy of many other specialties,” says Keith Brandt, MD, ASPS Vice President of Education.  “PSEN continues to lead in new and innovative ways to present education in all areas of plastic surgery.”

Committee Responsibilities

Each topic “section” or “subcommittee” overseeing PSEN is expected to publish at least one Case Report and Literature Review on the site each month, as well as serve as PSEN’s eyes and ears at meetings and symposia, seeking out new ideas and procedural tips to encapsulate on the site. PSEN also offers an Editor’s Blog and Message Boards to assist in posting of key topical information.

“We’d like our committee members to make sure that the most up-to-date advancements in the specialty are appropriately represented in their sections, whether that’s through the creation of surgical videos and case reports or literature reviews and blogs,” Dr. Aly says. “We have a videographer on ASPS staff who handles much of our surgical filming, but our monthly Surgery Spotlight programs are only a part of the PSEN monthly editorial calendar.”

For more information or to volunteer for the new PSEN Editorial Committee, please send a CV along with a short description of your qualifications to PSEN Managing Editor John Everson at by August 30. Please also note if you are interested in one of the topic editor positions.

Preview Surgery Spotlight: Vascularized Lymph Node Transfer

In the new Surgery Spotlight David W. Chang, MD performs a vascularized lymph node transfer to treat a 63-year-old Hispanic patient who developed lymphodema following lumpectomy radiation to the right breast axilla. Watch Dr. Chang evaluate the patient’s current lymphatic status in her arm via a lymphangiography to assess appropriate surgical management. Dr. Chang then surgically explores potential donor sites to determine whether the lymph node from the neck or from the groin can be used. In this particular patient, watch Dr. Chang’s technique to reducing the progression of lymphodema. The video is now streaming for free on PSEN, or can be purchased as part of an online course to receive CME credit.

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