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December 2007

The Orbital and Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Theme Issue

Arch Ophthalmol. 2007;125(12):1708-1709. doi:10.1001/archopht.125.12.1708

This month the Archives of Ophthalmology and the November/December issue of the Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery are paired theme issues on orbit, eyelid, and lacrimal surgery. The 2 theme issues highlight the value of multidisciplinary collaboration. Fellowships in ophthalmic plastic surgery now routinely include periorbital and facial surgery, and facial plastic fellowships incorporate oculoplastic procedures, so that the opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration have never been more important and promising. In fact, it was not so long ago that the specialties were not separated at all. I trained too late to ever attend a national meeting of the Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology (the 2 academies separated in 1978) but I did attend the Pacific Coast Society of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology, and I was impressed with how much I could learn by seeing clinical problems through the eyes of a different specialty. Great advancements (not to mention great collegial friendships) can be made when our 2 proud specialties of ophthalmology and otolaryngology–head and neck surgery commingle our thought processes (which can get stuck in a rut by the long steeping of our training), and we try to come up with fresh approaches to the clinical problems that overlap our specialties' boundaries.

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