PSN, PRS, PSEN win publishing, media awards

PSN staff
04/21/2014 at 12:30PM

ASPS publications and the Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) have garnered national recognition as publishing and media standouts. Plastic Surgery News (PSN) and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) received national publishing awards for excellence, while PSEN earned achievement awards from a national interactive-media group.

PRS repeats as top journal
The PRS editorial office learned on April 30 that the journal had received - for the second straight year - the Gold Award for Best Peer-Reviewed Journal from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE). The annual ASHPE competition recognizes editorial excellence and achievement in health-care publishing and provides an opportunity for editors to measure their efforts against the very best offered by the health-care sector.

In total, PRS received three ASHPE awards this year, including the Gold Award for Best Peer-Reviewed Journal; Bronze Award for Best Digital/Print Integration (The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: Revising the Medical Data, November 2013); and Bronze Award for Best Website/Online Presence of a Publication (

"These awards demonstrate the ongoing commitment to excellence that this journal strives for each day," says PRS Editor-in-Chief Rod Rohrich, MD. "The ASHPE recognition confirms that PRS is one of the very best journals in all of medical publishing. Recognition for these hard-earned awards goes to the journal's editors, reviewers and to the PRS editorial office in Dallas, which is filled with individuals who strive to achieve the extraordinary on a daily basis."

PSN receives writing honor
PSN was notified April 8 that it had been awarded the EXCEL Gold Award in Feature Writing for Newspapers, for the June 2013 cover story, "Treating the prison population can range from typical to terrifying." Written by PSN Senior News Editor Jim Leonardo, the article featured ASPS members who provided readers with a harrowing glimpse into the U.S. prison system through personal anecdotes of providing plastic surgery treatment to prisoners injured while behind bars.

The EXCEL Awards are presented by Association Media & Publishing to honor excellence in association publications. The organization received more than 950 entries from 110 organizations this year.

The award marks the ninth consecutive year that PSN has earned national recognition from the publishing industry.

"The PSN editorial team strives to provide readers with high-quality reporting, writing and information that members can use," says PSN Chief Medical Editor C. Scott Hultman, MD. "This award is tangible proof that we continue to meet our overall goal - and the fact that PSN has been nationally recognized year after year is truly a wonderful accomplishment."

PSEN wins IMA awards
ASPS learned on Feb. 7 that PSEN won Outstanding Achievement awards in the Nonprofit and Medical categories of the 2013 Interactive Media AwardsTM (IMA) competition. The IMA program recognizes the highest standards of excellence in website design and development, and honors individuals and organizations for their outstanding achievement.

Created by the Interactive Media Council Inc. (IMC), a nonprofit organization of leading web designers, developers, programmers, advertisers and other web-related professionals, the competition is designed to elevate the standards of excellence on the Internet and to provide the winners a boost in marketing and exposure.

"It's really exciting to know that our site competes very successfully with some of the best medical and nonprofit sites on the Internet in terms of design and quality," says PSEN Editor Al Aly, MD. "This award is really for all the surgeons who've contributed lectures, videos, case reports and more to PSEN over the past three years. To have an organization from outside our specialty look at the site and validate all of the work by so many people is really gratifying."