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Plastic Surgery Student Symposium

“The Role and Scope of Plastic Surgery 2012”
An open invitation to all medical students in the Philadelphia area to learn about the specialty of plastic surgery as a possible career choice. Open to medical students of any year, no clinical or surgical experience necessary. Free lunch included!

Saturday, November 3, 2012
BRB II/III auditorium (Biomedical Research Building auditorium)
421 Curie Boulevard (easiest access from Civic Center Blvd)
University of Pennsylvania
7:30 am check in - program starts promptly at 8 am

You must RSVP by Oct 20, 2012 to reserve a spot:


Faculty from multiple institutions will describe the many aspects of plastic surgery

8:00 am David W. Low, MD - Welcome and introduction
8:10 am Jesse Taylor, MD - Cleft lip and palate
8:20 am Jesse Taylor, MD - Craniofacial surgery
8:30 am Oksana Jackson, MD - Facial reanimation
8:40 am Oksana Jackson, MD - Chest wall deformities and conjoined twins
8:50 am Aron D. Wahrman, MD - Historical highlights in plastic surgery
9:10 am Chris D. Tzarnas, MD - Skin cancer reconstruction
9:20 am Neal S. Topham, MD - Microvascular head and neck reconstruction
9:30 am Suhail Kanchwala - reconstructive breast surgery
9:40 am Stephen J. Kovach, MD - Trunk and lower extremity disasters
9:50 am Benjamin Chang, MD - Congenital hand surgery
10:00 am Ines Lin - Adult hand surgery

10:10 am BREAK (20 minutes)

10:30 am David W. Low, MD - Congenital potpourri - nevi, vascular birthmarks, and ear deformities
10:40 am Ivona Percec, MD - Cosmetic surgery of the face and neck
10:50 am Ronald A. Lohner, MD - Cosmetic surgery of the trunk and extremities
11:00 am L. Scott Levin, MD - Composite tissue allotransplantation (face and hand)
11:10 am Andrew Newman, MD - Academic versus private practice plastic surgery
11:20 am Aron Wahrman, MD - Financial considerations in plastic surgery

PANEL on applying to plastic surgery residencies

11:30 am Benjamin Chang, MD – the hard facts – types of programs, numbers of applicants, how I personally screen applications
11:40 am Chris D. Tzarnas, MD – Practical advice on making yourself a strong
applicant at Temple
11:50 am L. Scott Levin, MD – What I looked for in a plastics surgery applicant at Duke, (and what I look for in an orthopedic surgery applicant at Penn)
Noon Joseph M. Serletti, MD – So you want to come to Penn? Here's how you can impress me.
12:10 pm Questions for the panelists

12:30 LUNCH

Sat Nov 3, 2012 11:30am – 5pm GMT (no daylight saving)
BRB II/III auditorium, 421 Curie Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19104 (map)