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I would like to express my deepest gratitude to the Cannon donors for have selected me as a Cannon student and for sponsoring my attendance to the prestigious AAPS meeting! Applying to plastic surgery residency from a medical school that lacks a home program is very challenging in terms of building a network, finding mentors, and seeking guidance from students who have successfully matched. At the AAPS meeting, I was able to seek mentorship directly from pioneers of plastic surgery who have established the fundamental reconstructive principles that are taught at residency programs across the nation. The innovative research presented at the meeting is unparalleled to any other plastic surgery conference and ignited collaboration on novel projects among the Cannon students. Thank you for paving the way for me to reach my fullest personal and professional potential.

Michelle Oberoi
University of California, Riverside School of Medicine

I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend the AAPS meeting as a Cannon Student Scholar. What an amazing privilege it was to learn about the most recent innovations in plastic surgery, directly from the great minds behind them. I even met my future colleagues in the field as well. It was an unforgettable experience, and I am thankful for this opportunity.

Jaina C. Lane, BA
Harvard University

I am sincerely grateful to the AAPS Cannon Society for their generosity in funding my attendance at the 99th Annual Meeting. I remain deeply appreciative of the unique opportunity to learn from passionate leaders of the field. As I attended the Aesthetics Symposium and various scientific presentations, I was inspired by the dedication to research and innovation driven by genuine love for patient care and medical education. The spirit of camaraderie was infectious and sharing the experience with some of the brightest peers and future colleagues was an honor.

I feel especially fortunate to have been able to interact with AAPS members who were eager to share wisdom about their career paths and continue to serve as mentors for me as I progress through my training.

Musunga A. Mulenga
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

My experience attending the AAPS annual meeting as a Medical Student Cannon Scholar was truly incredible. It is a smaller meeting made up of the top minds in plastic surgery. The Cannon Sponsors and all of the plastic surgeons at AAPS were approachable and excited to interact with the Cannon Students. The caliber of research being presented was extremely high, as well – a good reminder of what to aspire to in my own research. The meeting also had sessions on mentorship, career development, and a Women in Surgery luncheon, which I found invaluable. Finally, this was a great chance to meet other outstanding medical students who will be my colleagues in the future. Thank you for the opportunity to attend AAPS through the Cannon program. I hope to be able to return to this meeting many many times in the future.

Kirsten Gunderson
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Attending the 99th AAPS meeting was an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from prominent academic plastic surgeons in a way that felt personal. After a unique application cycle, it was particularly impactful to meet faculty, residents, and other applicants in person for the first time. The AAPS community was so welcoming and I am so grateful for the generosity of the AAPS membership to have been able to attend as a Cannon Student Scholar and hope to return as often as possible in my career.

Abra H. Shen, MD
University of Washington

The honor to attend the 99th Annual AAPS meeting cannot be overstated. Many of the attendees have made such crucial contributions to the field I seek to enter, and the opportunity to meet future mentors and colleagues while previewing the next great advancements in plastic surgery was astounding. Particularly following the COVID lockdowns, the jubilance and excitement felt by all in attendance could be felt so deeply and made for a particularly memorable event.

Rotem Kimia
Perelman School of Medicine

I would like to thank the Cannon Society leadership and membership for their generosity and dedication in supporting a record number of students to attend the AAPS 99th Annual Meeting and experience the legacy of excellence within our field. The presentations were of the highest caliber and the receptions offered an opportunity to converse intimately with surgeons of all generations. Long after returning home, my mentors and I have continued to discuss the insights into emerging trends, techniques, and technologies shared at the conference. As I look forward to the next stages in my career, I will undoubtedly carry forth my newly garnered knowledge and preserve a lifelong connection with my cohort of Cannon Scholars.

Waverley He, MS4
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

I would love to thank AAPS and the Cannon Student Program for the opportunity to attend the 99th Annual Meeting in Miami Florida. It was an honor and privilege to be surrounded by the past, present, and future leaders of Plastic Surgery. I enjoyed attending the symposiums and scientific abstract presentations and look forward to seeing everyone soon! I also attached some photos!

Kevin M. Klifto, DO, PharmD
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

I would like to extend my sincerest thanks to the Cannon Members of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. It was an honor to attend the annual meeting in Miami, Florida. I greatly enjoyed interacting with fellow medical students from across the country. I found the faculty to be extremely welcoming and enthusiastic to have us students in attendance. The academic lectures and discussions fortified my desire to become an academic plastic surgeon. Again, thank you for providing me with this unique opportunity to attend the prestigious American Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting as a Cannon Student.

Jeremy Lynn
University of Michigan Medical School

"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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The American Association of Plastic Surgeons, founded in 1921, is the oldest organized Plastic Surgery organization in the world. Its Annual Meeting is the academic highlight of... [ more ]

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