|September 2021 President's Message
Susan Kaweski, MD
I have been very busy over these past few months.
Just recently, I was visiting professor at UCSD. I enjoyed lecturing to the residents and presenting cases for discussion. It was amazing to view the telemedicine building with the many operating rooms filled with microscopes, robotic devices, laparoscopic devices, the newest camera and screen technologies. The residents should consider themselves very lucky to train in a state-of-the art facility. During the cadaver lab, I instructed the residents on rhinoplasty techniques. Overall, it was a wonderful experience and I met some truly talented individuals. Amanda Gosman, who is the chief of plastic surgery at UCSD and a valued CSPS member, should be congratulated for devoting her life to not only developing a great program but to the expert training of these young surgeons.
As you will notice, our website has changed to reflect our new logo. I want to particularly thank Christina Chopra and Jessica Blum, two medical students, who I enlisted to help with the new design. In addition, they are key players to help us with our Instagram presence. If you haven't responded to the email that was sent to you, I would encourage you to do this. This adds to your social media presence!
A new SWAG store on the website with items such as shirts, mugs, ties, scarves, etc. highlighting our new logo will be coming soon.
We have some new bylaws changes which you will be able to vote on. One of these changes is the development of the California women in plastic surgery committee. This has long been a dream of mine and had been tossed around for a few years. I sincerely feel that women add value to our organization especially in terms of presenting their perspective on plastic surgery issues since many of our patients are women. I also feel we need to have a life members committee and have them contribute their expertise to us on what is beneficial to our society and what we should avoid.
Something new on our website will be one hour CME available for our members in many different segments. Since the pandemic, we have learned that members enjoy this mode of obtaining CME credit. A nominal fee for members will be charged.
A free town meeting webinar dealing with our current advocacy issues will take place in September. Our lobbyist, Tim Madden, will explain the issues and there will be a question-and-answer period. That way you will be apprised of current advocacy issues. The date and time will be announced soon.
We are redirecting the focus of our foundation CSPSERF to provide grants for plastic surgery research. This is very exciting as we hope to partner with the Aesthetic Society foundation and PSEF. Gordon Lee, our secretary was elected as the new president.
Plans for our annual meeting are being made. We are very pleased to announce that Pat McGuire will be our Brody lectureship speaker. She will speak on breast implant illness. There will be several cadaver labs dealing with both reconstructive and aesthetic issues. For the spouses, we are planning some fun activities around San Diego and La Jolla.