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TIS BEEN THE SEASON FOR CONFERENCES

The last four weeks have been bustling with academic activity and travel. Meeting up with colleagues from different countries and exchanging ideas.

The first of the conferences was the International Meeting of Rhinoplasty Societies (IMRHIS), held in the beautiful French city of Versailles. The meeting took place between the 8th and the 10th of September 2016. The Rhinoplasty Society (United States) and the Rhinoplasty Society of Europe came together for the first time ever. The faculty was just amazing. It consisted of some of the world’s best rhinoplasty surgeons. The educational value of the conference was simply exceptional. All aspects of rhinoplasty were covered in the discussions. The social events were also just breathtaking. In the evening of Friday September 9th, the congress dinner was organized at the Versailles Academy of Equestrian Arts. The attendees were entertained by some the most elegant and well-groomed horses in France. Dinner was simply sumptuous. In the evening of Saturday September 10th, the gates of the Palace of Louis XIV, the French King from the 16th Century were opened (please see photos). The fountains were set alive, with classical music blasted from the golden walls of the palace. The occasion was crowned with fireworks at 11pm.

Next in line for conferences was the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgery Pre-Conference Symposium entitled Why Do You Do It That Way? Examining the Evidence in Craniomaxillofacial Surgery. This symposium was held on Thursday September 22nd 2016 at the JW Marriott Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. It was a great occasion to meet up with the good and the great of American Craniomaxillofacial Surgery. Again great lectures were given. It was an opportunity to meet up with my mentor Dr Frank Papay from the Cleveland Clinic (see photo). Dr Papay led the team that performed the first face transplant in the United States back in 2008.

From Friday September 23rd to Tuesday September 27th was ‘Plastic Surgery – The Meeting’. This was the annual meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. This event was held at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The educational value again was priceless.
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Finally, and last but not the least, was the annual conference of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (BAAPS). This meeting was held at the Kensington Olympia Conference Center, jointly with the Clinical Cosmetic and Reconstructive Expo. It was a two-day conference held between the 6th and 7th of October 2016.
So after all the travelling and learning, it is time again to put all that knowledge to use, best serving our patients. It was also an opportunity to earn several Continuous Medical Education (CME) points. Till next year!!!