I have been teaching residents since I was a fellow in 1987-88. Teaching surgery and the art of Medicine is one of the most rewarding parts of an academic medical practice. Even in private practice, the residents from the Columbia University/ New York Hospital program continue to rotate through my office.
They learn facial plastic surgery from me. I get to see green, nubile surgeons grow into mature skilled individuals who then go on to medical practices or fellowships. The gift in the photo came along with two antique mirrors (which I collect) from Ben Talei, MD. He is an outstanding resident with great ambition, skill and a personality to match.
He is going to be an outstanding surgeon and doctor when he completes his fellowship next year. Tomorrow night is the graduation dinner for the residents as well. Over the past few decades, over 1/4 of the graduating Otolaryngology (ENT) residents choose to pursue facial plastic surgey fellowships. Many attribute that to my mentorship and the example I have set through my teaching and hosting their visits to my office.