02-17-2012, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by DrSorokin
Most plastic surgery training programs have an attending plastic surgeon overseeing the resident and/or students who would be performing the case. This keeps the procedure "safe." This attending is supposed to watch the resident and make sure that everything turns out ok.
Let's face it, we all have to learn, and these programs are where we start. Just like nobody is born knowing how to parallel park a car. The first few times take a little extra work.
The price is cheap because you have a physician with zero experience (or near zero experience) performing your surgery. Perhaps you get a great result, and perhaps you do not. In the end, you have been informed and make your own decision to have a novice perform your procedure and take that risk.
Would you rather have a surgeon who has done 3000 breast implants do your procedure or one that has seen another doc do a set and is trying his first? What is the value of this experience in terms of dollars?
Where I trained there was a resident clinic. I honestly remember some of those patients and believe they were happy with their results. Do I think I am a better surgeon many years and many 10000 patients later? Of course I do, but I had to start at some point.
In the end it is a personal decision if the risk of a resident clinic is worth the price.
wow, great answer. that makes my decision a little easier.