Cranial Defects, Cranioplasty, and Neuroplastic Surgery Sun, Sep 22 1:30-3:00 p.m.

The breadth and scope of “cranial defects”, “cranioplasty”, and “neuroplastic surgery” are both overwhelming, poorly understood, and challenge one’s ability to remain aware of new techniques, much less improve skills based on gained knowledge. Overall, national surgical meetings succumb to surgery’s history of exclusivity (ie. specialty-specific silos) during the planning and peri-operative phases, with very little multidisciplinary involvement when it comes to adult patients in need of cranial defect repair (ie. cranioplasty). We all know that success is determined by, and caters to, the quality of learners, often sacrificing quality in the process. Collegiality is created and maintained by “silo-ing” specialists with near identical schooling, board certification, residency training, and surgical practice, inevitably resulting in the comfort of sharing like-minded stories. This antiquated model has the potential to reinforce obsolete knowledge gained in schooling, longstanding but never proven traditions, patterns gleaned from experience, technique applications based on personal comforts, and industry interests.

Program Subject to Change.

Accreditation: The American Society of Plastic Surgeons® (ASPS) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: The ASPS designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.