Interest in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Among Otorhinolaryngologists: A Survey in the Netherlands


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Abstract

ObjectiveTo assess the interest of Dutch otorhinolaryngologists in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery (FPRS).MethodsWe 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).ResultsMost 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.ConclusionThere is interest in integrating FPRS training into the Dutch otorhinolaryngology residency program, as it is in the United States.

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