AAPS, American Association of Plastic Surgeons
AAPS, American Association of Plastic Surgeons
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Cannon Student Testimonials

"To the leadership and members of the Cannon Society,

I would like to extend my sincerest gratitude to you and your organization for the honor of being selected as a Cannon Scholar. Your generosity makes it possible for students such as me to attend the preeminent meeting in our field. Each of you should take the greatest pride in the examples you set for those of us beginning our journey into plastic surgery. My interactions with you and others in this field have underscored the camaraderie, integrity, and commitment to excellence that the plastic surgery community fosters, and I hope to continue this legacy as I progress throughout my career."


Michael Cooper
Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

"I would like to thank the Cannon membership for supporting our attendance at this year's AAPS meeting and for establishing this programme. It is not often that medical students – ranging from second years to those mere weeks from residency – are able to converge and learn from world leaders in plastic surgery. The opportunities to receive wisdom from faculty, residents, and fellow students at this venue were staggering. Everywhere I turned, attendees were asking questions, forging relationships, and sparking collaborations. I feel extremely fortunate to have been afforded this opportunity and, as I approach my sub-internships, I hope to carry the knowledge garnered from this experience forwards into practice."

Halley Darrach, MS4
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

"I am incredibly grateful to the Cannon Society and AAPS for their generosity in funding our attendance at the 98th annual meeting. It was inspiring to see how passionate the leaders of the field are and to witness the continued time and energy they devote to research, medical education, and patient care.

As someone whose research has largely centered around craniofacial trauma, I also really enjoyed listening to the talks on other subspecialty topics. Plastic surgery is an incredibly diverse field and there is an inestimable amount to learn. This was thus a great opportunity to get exposure to the excellent work done by others and to start honing my own research interests.

Thank you for your investment in us as students"


Brandon J. De Ruiter
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York

"When I was accepted as a Cannon Student to the AAPS Annual Meeting, I was hoping to learn more about evolving trends in plastic and reconstructive surgery and to meet and hear from internationally respected physicians who have been pivotal to the changes observed in the field today. Attending this conference gave me what I was looking for and so much more. After going to the AAPS conference, I feel inspired and have further motivation to pursue a career in plastic and reconstructive surgery. I attended the Aesthetic Symposium and multiple presentations throughout the conference, which provided me with a better global understanding of many plastic and reconstructive surgery topics. The Welcome Reception and President's Reception were also great opportunities for me to meet respected surgeons in the field. Overall, I highly recommend this experience to any medical student interested in plastic and reconstructive surgery!"

Rami Dibbs
LSUHSC School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana

"I am very grateful to the Cannon members who initiated the scholarship for medical students to attend the AAPS meeting. This meeting was an incredible experience rich with academic research, inspiring plastic surgeons, and stimulating conversation! It was humbling to meet leaders within the field of plastic surgery who have prioritized innovation and advancement of the field above their own success. I was in awe when witnessing the joy in plastic surgery and a true fellowship among the members. It was a strong affirmation to see my own passion for plastic surgery and academic research reflected in others and learn how this passion will continue to grow over the course of my career – I am truly excited to start my residency in a few months. I certainly aspire to be a part of future AAPS meetings and contribute to the innovation and fellowship within plastic surgery."

Kavita Kapadia
Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Stony Brook, New York

"I want to thank all of the members of the committee for making the Cannon Students experience possible at the American Association of Plastic Surgeons meeting. It was an incredible privilege to be able to attend this conference and meet so many members of this community who continue to inspire me on a daily basis. Attending this meeting gave me the opportunity to start to imagine my future career aspirations and hopes of contributing towards the ongoing innovation occurring in plastic surgery. I feel so incredibly lucky to be joining the field of plastic surgery as a resident starting in June, and I am excited to continue to learn from, and collaborate with, the many mentors I met at this meeting."

Cameron Kneib
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington

"Attending the 2019 AAPS Annual Meeting as a Cannon Student allowed me to learn firsthand from incredible leaders and researchers in the field of Plastic Surgery. The scientific posters and presentations were of an incredibly high caliber, encouraging me to continue developing my own skills in research as I work towards a career in Plastic Surgery. Because of this scholarship, I was able to meet many Plastic Surgeons whose work I’ve admired for so long. Specifically, the networking session with members of the Cannon Society allowed me to meet surgeons and fellow Cannon Students in a more intimate setting. I am thankful for the AAPS' commitment to mentoring medical students as we aim to join this amazing field. The opportunity to attend will be one of my most memorable medical school experiences. Without support from the Cannon Society, this experience would not have been possible!"

Alap U. Patel
University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, NY

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