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March 2005

Interest in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Among OtorhinolaryngologistsA Survey in the Netherlands

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Departments of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Central Military Hospital, Utrecht (Dr van Pinxteren), Academic Medical Center, Center for Facial Plastic Reconstructive Surgery, Amsterdam (Drs Lohuis and Nolst Trenité), and University Medical Center, Nijmegen (Dr Ingels), the Netherlands.

Correspondence: Peter J. F. M. Lohuis, MD, PhD, Department of Otorhinolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Academic Medical Center, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AZ Amsterdam, the Netherlands (p.j.lohuis@amc.uva.nl).


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Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2005;7(2):138-142. doi:10.1001/archfaci.7.2.138

Objective  To assess the interest of Dutch otorhinolaryngologists in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery (FPRS).

Methods  We conducted a 22-question survey among otorhinolaryngology physicians and residents concerning their experience with and interest in FPRS. The response rate was 71% (335/475; 275 physicians and 60 residents).

Results  Most respondents associated FPRS with rhinoplasty, otoplasty, and the reconstruction of skin cancer defects. Of the physicians, 81% said that 1% to 33% of their practice involves FPRS; 62% were satisfied with this percentage, whereas 36% would like it to be higher. Approximately 70% of physicians regarded their training in FPRS as insufficient, although most (70%) had taken supplementary courses. Moreover, 73% of the otorhinolaryngology physicians and 72% of all respondents said that FPRS should be taught during and after residency, with a preference for hands-on courses. Finally, 84% of all respondents thought that FPRS should be part of the field of otorhinolaryngology, whereas 48% thought that it should become a subspecialty.

Conclusion  There is interest in integrating FPRS training into the Dutch otorhinolaryngology residency program, as it is in the United States.