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Bostwick Award - Call for Abstracts

SESPRS is pleased to announce the implementation of an annual educational prize beginning with the 2014 Atlanta Breast Symposium. The award honors Dr. John Bostwick, former Emory University Professor and Chief of Plastic Surgery. The prize will be awarded to the winner of a Southeastern Regional contest for Residents in Plastic and General Surgery on research topics in breast surgery. It will include a stipend for travel and accommodations, as well as complimentary registration at the Breast Surgery Symposium. Notification is being made to Department and Division Chairs in Plastic and General Surgery across the Southeastern region to encourage Resident participation.

According to Barry Bishop, M.D., past President of the SESPRS, "This is exactly what John would have wanted, knowing his commitment to resident education and breast surgery. After John passed, we all felt the need to honor John and the good he had done for so many during his lifetime. The Bostwick Educational Fund arose from these discussions and we felt it would be best to establish a fund dedicated to resident education." Luis Vasconez, M.D., past chief of Plastic Surgery at UAB and a close personal friend of John remembers it the same way: "We did not need a formal vote to establish a fund in John's honor. It seemed like something that needed to be done since we all loved John so much. The fact that it has grown so large from SESPRS Member contributions only is a testament to the abiding love and respect for John."

Residents in General and Plastic Surgery must indicate a sponsor (current faculty member), and if selected for the Bostwick Award, must be able to attend the SESPRS Annual Atlanta Breast Surgery Symposium, held in January of each year, and give an oral presentation at the meeting. The abstract should be based on work that is unique and original, and cannot have been previously published or presented at a national meeting. Previous presentation at a regional meeting is acceptable. The deadline for abstract submission is October 15th. On-line abstract submission will open soon.

Previous Bostwick Award Winners:

2014 - Deborah Yu, MD - University of Virginia

2015 - Yin Kan Hwee, MD - Cleveland Clinic Florida

2016 - Jack Scheuer, MD - University of Texas Southwestern

2017 - Min-Jeong Cho, MD - University of Texas Southwestern

SESPRS Annual Meeting Resident Competition - Call for Abstracts

This is a call for abstracts from the SESPRS Scientific Program Committee that Residents in Plastic Surgery are invited to submit original abstracts for the Resident's Competition at the Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held in June of each year.

The abstract must be from a Plastic Surgery Resident in one of the SESPRS' member states. Residents in other specialties are not eligible for this competition. Resident abstracts must be co-sponsored by an SESPRS member in good standing. The membership status of your sponsor will be reviewed and confirmed by SESPRS Staff prior to grading.

Submission opens in December - The deadline for abstract submissions will be February 29th.

While topics on all aspects of plastic surgery will be considered for presentation, we are particularly interested in receiving abstracts which display significant clinical relevance. Abstracts submitted should reflect work done by the presenting resident, and must have been done at the sponsoring institution. Six to eight abstracts will be selected by the Committee for inclusion in the Glancy resident's completion, the best two of which will receive awards. The Glancy Bowl will then reside in the winning institution for the following year.

Abstracts not selected by the Committee for the Completion may still be eligible for inclusion in the general program or to be given as a poster presentation.

Abstracts reviewed by the Scientific Program Committee will be blinded, so please keep the abstract clean of any identifiable institutional information. Accepted papers will be chosen by early Spring, and may also be published in a special issue of Annals of Plastic Surgery, an issue that will be dedicated solely to presentations from the Southeastern Society's Annual Meeting.

Glancy Award Winners:

2011 - Anthony Capito, MD - University of Virginia
2012 - Matthew Blanton, MD - Duke University
2013 - Michael Lynch, MD - University of Kentucky
2014 - Brent DeGeorge, MD - University of Virginia
2015 - Michael Lynch, MD - University of Kentucky
2016 - William North, MD - University of Kentucky

SESPRS Research Grant

Research grants have been submitted through various markets interested in our Society Research goals. This grant will be awarded at the 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting for the best research proposal submitted. The research proposal must be related to plastic surgery and have a clinical application. Research must be completed within 12 months of presentation of the award. The winner must present the resulting paper at the Society's 2017 Annual Meeting and also submit a manuscript for publication to either Annals of Plastic Surgery or Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Previous Research Grant Recipients:

2013 Grant: Collawn, et al: Stromal cell conditioned media and wound healing

Presented: 2014 Annual Meeting


2014 Grant: DeGeorge, et al: ADM revascularization

Funding: TEI Biosciences

Presented: 2015 Annual Meeting


2015 Grant: Hollenbeck, et al: Feasibility of Nanoplatforms for Tracking Adipose Derived Stem Cells

Funding: TEI Biosciences

Interim report received January, 2016: satisfactory

Presented: 2016 Annual Meeting

2016 Grant: Harold I. Friedman, et al: A Three Dimensional in Vitro Model to Study Cell-Cell Interactions During Capsule Formation

Funding: Integra LifeSciences

Interim report due January of 2017


SESPRS Breast Fellowship

This Fellowship has been established through an unrestricted educational grant provided by Mentor Worldwide, LLC. The Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons has established a “Traveling Breast Fellowship” to begin in 2017.

This will provide the opportunity for a young fully trained plastic surgeon, either immediately following residency or after some period of practice, to spend six months traveling to several centers of breast surgery excellence, both in the US and abroad, to provide an intense and concentrated learning experience in reconstructive and aesthetic breast surgery.

The Society will provide a maximum amount of $30,000.00 for travel and living expenses. The fellow would spend a minimum of four weeks and a maximum of eight weeks at each center, and SESPRS would help the individual choose from a list of available centers to best meet his or her educational goals.

The chosen fellow would be vetted by our committee. We understand that credentialing issues may mandate that this will be primarily an observational learning experience, but the fellow would be expected to help out in any way that would be legally permissible.

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