Pardon our dust!

YESTERDAY, the Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) went through its first redesign. It was a major change for the site, completely altering our navigation structures, page URLs, search widgets and much more.

"New" PSEN

PSEN launched in 2011, and over the course of time, the site grew and evolved. It was time to reorganize. Members told us they wanted a cleaner site with easier navigation and better search utilities… and we listened, adding navigation styles and interactive functions utilized by sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. We basically picked up the content of PSEN and moved it into a whole new house! We’ve been preparing for this for several months now, and made things as ready as possible behind the scenes for the transition… but there are still some boxes that need unpacking and some digital dust that needs sweeping. It will take a few days before all of the lights are plugged in and the pictures are on the walls.

We thank you for your patience over the next few days as we tidy up, and hope you’ll enjoy the new look, feel and functionality of PSEN.

For those looking for which cabinets we’ve stowed things in…

"Old" PSEN

The top navigation of PSEN has been changed to better represent the most-used items on the site. While previously, you found CME and MOC Online Courses, Surgical Videos, Case Reports, Lectures and more underneath a single not entirely accurate tab (called Online Courses), we now have given each of these content areas their own distinct, top-of-site navigation. We’ve also expanded our former “News” tab to be Publications. So now, you’ll find our Literature Reviews and Patient Safety and PSN News articles there, as well as CPT Corner, our Calendar of Meetings and the Essentials of Plastic Surgery “red” book.

The My Learning Plan and access to any CME Courses you’ve purchased remain available under the My PSEN tab. And when you see CME courses or meeting lectures in a list that you’ve already purchased (or registered for), you’ll see those items highlighted with a “purchased” tag.  If you’re interested in solely viewing content by subspecialty, rather than seeing “all Case Reports” or “all Videos,” you can use the filters on the left side of each page to narrow down the list returns, or you can go to the Browse By Subject link in the top navigation bar.

You’ll also see a new “Follow” widget on the home page, and some other areas of the site. By clicking the “Follow” button on a particular topic, you will be subscribed to an alert system that sends you email when three or more new pieces of content are added to that topic area.  You’ll also be able to “Favorite” and discuss items, and the most popular content will appear in a “Most Popular On PSEN” widget (once surgeons begin using the system).

So… there’s a lot going on with the “new” PSEN. We will be re-configuring things behind the scenes for the next couple days, but please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns at

And please… pardon our dust as we continue to build the best library for plastic surgery on the Internet!


Management of Complications Recordings Available

RECORDINGS FROM the Management of Complications in Plastic Surgery symposium on March 28-29, 2014 in Rosemont, IL are now available on PSEN. Recap the meeting with over 12 hours of sessions on the root causes of complications and how to manage them. The sessions can be purchased for $500 member/$600 non-member.

Recorded session topics include:

  • Medico-Legal, Financial and Patient Communication in Handling Complications
  • Using Personality Assessment to Identify, Avoid and Manage Problem Patients
  • Creating and Maintaining a Positive Doctor-Patient Relationship When Managing Complications
  • “I Want My Money Back!” The Art of Managing Financial Issues with the Unhappy Patient
  • ALCL and Infromed Consent: What to Say, How to Say It
  • Managing the Preoperative Consult

Get more information and purchase the recordings here.

New videos from Elsevier’s 6-volume Plastic Surgery reference

WITH PERMISSION FROM ELSEVIER, PSEN has posted seven videos from the award-winning, six-volume Plastic Surgery reference. The videos highlight aesthetic, craniofacial, and hand and upper limb surgical techniques. Watch the videos for free on the Procedural Videos page.

The videos include:

Fully updated to meet the demands of the 21st-century surgeon, Plastic Surgery provides you with all the most current knowledge and techniques across your entire field, allowing you to offer every patient the best possible outcome. Edited by Drs. Mathes and Hentz in its last edition, this six-volume plastic surgery reference now features new expert leadership, a new organization, new online features, and a vast collection of new information – delivering all the state-of-the-art know-how you need to overcome any challenge you may face. Renowned authorities provide evidence-based guidance to help you make the best clinical decisions, get the best results from each procedure, avoid complications, and exceed your patients’ expectations.

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.