Why did I schlep >1,300 miles with my hair transplant team?
If you were a top athlete or part of a high-performing athletic team, you’re always trying to improve your game mentally and physically. A surgeon and a surgical team are no different. But instead of hitting the gym, a performance camp, or “spring training,” where does a hair transplant team go to take a break from their days of surgery to “practice” and improve, acquire and share their wisdom and skills with their teammates and colleagues?
They step out of the regular routine and attend a hands-on surgical workshop. Last month, the entire Bauman hair transplant team had a unique opportunity to attend “Hair Transplant 360” at St Louis University’s Center for Practical Anatomy & Clinical Experience (PACE), a hands-on cadaver workshop for both surgeons and their assistants organized by Dr. Sam Lam, Emina Vance and supported by the ISHRS International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery. The thirteen of us left South Florida and headed to St. Louis MO. Up early and back late—the bus left the hotel at 6:30am and returned 6:30pm—each day was packed with about 10hrs of CME Continuing Medical Education specifically for hair transplant surgeons and their assistants. Topics presented and skills practiced included basic techniques to the most advanced therapeutic interventions, and even those team members who have decades of experience with over 10,000 patients and millions of grafts placed, had an amazing time.
It was an honor to be invited to be on the faculty with my esteemed hair transplant colleagues from all across the country and working with attendees at all stages of their careers, but all with a keen interest in advancing their hair transplant skills and aesthetic eye.
What skills and knowledge did we practice, learn and improve upon?
- New Techniques for better hair transplant results and growth survival.
- Teamwork, Camaraderie, Synergy
- Healing / Recovery / Improving Hair Growth+Graft Take Rates
- The latest non-invasive prescription treatment modalities
- Advances in patient comfort
- …and much more!
Here's a brief video overview of our exciting, exhausting, educational and fun experience:
Alan J Bauman MD ABHRS - Diplomate American Board of Hair Restoration Surgery