|Winter 2014 Newsletter
John A. Persing, M.D.
AAPS has had an exciting last few months! We have had a record setting number of abstracts (494) submitted for this coming year's Annual Meeting at the Eden Roc Hotel in Miami April 5-7. This represents a 23% increase over the last year's record abstract submission number, and ensures ample, high quality talks to choose from to provide you with the most informative meeting possible. We also are going to keep the highly successful podium presentation format, with invited discussion, but also add more small group discussion sessions with noted experts that are free to all registrants to the meeting. This includes small group Master sessions with noted authorities in a collegial “one on one” type topic discussion. We also have recent Nobel Prize winner presentation on new technologies as it relates to clinical problems, relevant to our practices. Remember, since 2007 the Association meeting is open, so your colleagues do not need invitations to attend – please encourage them to join you in Miami.
|John A. Persing, M.D.|
The Program Committee is introducing a new format which will highlight late afternoon, short presentations in a collegial setting entitled “Innovations and Libations.” We will also employ audience feedback in panel sessions and various portions of the meeting to increase speaker/audience interaction, and clarify answers to questions that may arise. Our feedback system will be text-based so all attendees can participate using their mobile phones. These activities will be happening in warm and sunny vibrant beach venue, which may be very appealing to those of us who are growing tired of the persistence of lingering snow and chilly weather. We hope to provide you and your family a very fun environment where we learn the newest information in plastic surgery, enjoy great food and weather, and enjoy the collegiality of new and established friendships in the hospitality of Miami. If you haven’t made your reservations yet, please do so soon as the Eden Roc is a popular Miami Beach resort and you want to be sure to stay in our headquarters hotel for this year’s meeting. This Miami Beach icon , recently and fully renovated , was home to activities of Elizabeth Taylor and the Rat Pack in the past to the Miami Heat today.
On the news front, we have been working with Peter Taub, MD, President of the PSRC, about the possibility of coordinating our meeting times and venues. After polling of the leadership of both organizations and the membership of both the AAPS and PSRC, we have found significant enthusiasm (approximately 75% of poll respondents) for exploring this idea further. This could add enhanced collegiality, as well a reduction of time away from practice and costs incurred by attending multiple meetings. Although this will not be accomplished for the upcoming Miami meeting, active steps are being taken to try to coordinate this in a time frame that is suitable to both memberships. We have also partnered with ACAPS, as a feature initiative by President Joseph Losee, MD, to have continuing co-sponsored educational programs throughout the year related to enhancing excellence in residency education and the future of the plastic surgery as a specialty. The first joint program took place in Chicago in December and was a great success. Likewise, we are working with ASPS/PSF leadership, and PSF immediate Past President Charles Verheyden, MD, in joint sponsorship of additional grants for research and the development of an archive of filmed interviews with senior plastic surgery “icons” for our collective historical records. Much more is happening and I will write more to you and update our progress in these efforts over the next few months.