PSEN Editorial Committee seeks volunteers

PSN staff
07/24/2013 at 8:00AM

Are you interested in supporting plastic surgery education and helping ensure that all plastic surgeons have access to the most up-to-date clinical developments in the field?

If so, then the Plastic Surgery Education Network (PSEN) wants you!

PSEN ( is looking for plastic surgeons to serve on its editorial team for the coming year. Since the launch of PSEN two years ago, the foundation of the education network has been built by a devoted group of surgeons interested in creating the ultimate online library for the entire specialty. To continue that work, the first meeting of a new PSEN Editorial Committee will be held in October during Plastic Surgery The Meeting in San Diego.

"PSEN is a plastic surgery website for plastic surgeons, by plastic surgeons," says Al Aly, MD, PSEN editor-in-chief. "We've had some really dedicated editors and assistant editors over the past two years who've helped get the site going - but we'd like to spread the net wider. The more people we can get involved, the better this site will be."

Dr. Aly adds that veteran plastic surgeons as well as those who are new to practice are welcome.

"If you have an interest in preserving the knowledge of the specialty in one place," he says, "I encourage you to join our team."
PSEN will select surgeons to serve as topic editors and/or committee members in all subject areas represented on the online education portal: Aesthetic, Breast, Pediatric/Craniofacial, Hand/Peripheral Nerve and Reconstructive/ Microsurgery.

"PSEN has become an outstanding member benefit and the envy of many other specialties," says ASPS Vice President of Education Keith Brandt, MD. "It continues to lead in new and innovative ways to present education in all areas of plastic surgery."

Committee responsibilities

Each PSEN topic section or subcommittee is expected to publish at least one case report and literature review on the site each month. Members of the PSEN editorial team are also expected to seek out new ideas and procedural tips at meetings and symposia to encapsulate on the site. PSEN also offers an Editor's Blog and message boards to assist in the posting of key topical information.

"We'd like our committee members to ensure that the most up-to-date advancements in the specialty are appropriately represented in their sections, whether that's through the creation of surgical videos and case reports or literature reviews and blogs," Dr. Aly says. "We have a videographer on ASPS staff who handles much of our surgical filming, but our monthly Surgery Spotlight programs are only a part of the PSEN monthly editorial calendar."

For more information or to volunteer for the new PSEN Editorial Committee, please send a CV along with a short description of your qualifications to PSEN Managing Editor John Everson at by Aug. 30. Please also note if you are interested in one of the topic editor positions.