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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e318254b374
Special Topics: Educator's Series

Climbing the Ladder from Novice to Expert Plastic Surgeon

Weber, Robert A. M.D.; Aretz, H. Thomas M.D.

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Abstract

Summary: This article reviews the nature of novice and expert thinking and shows how pattern recognition is a key distinction between the two. The article also discusses the ladder that learners climb as they move from medical student to senior staff surgeon and suggests ways of viewing surgical trainees as they progress through the process so that learning activities can be adopted that best fit them.

©2012American Society of Plastic Surgeons

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