And so it begins . . . an exciting 2-year ride as a Clinical Instructor & ASOPRS Fellow in Oculofacial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. It’s hard to believe that it’s been only 3 weeks, given everything I have seen, learned, and done already! It’s also so interesting to see how techniques vary significantly between Bascom Palmer and UCSD.
A few brief highlights so far:
*using a diamond burr drill to remove bone/bone marrow in a lateral wall orbital decompression
*decompressing the medial wall and floor in another orbital decompression
*learning how to do elegant trans-conj lower lid blepharoplasties
*doing my first endoscopic dacryocystorhinostomy
*performing a medial orbitotomy and globe-sparing exenteration for sinonasal-orbital mucormycosis (invasive fungal disease)
*implanting an orbital expander device with a scalp port in a microphthalmic child
*staffing surgical cases and a suturing workshop for UCSD Ophtho residents
*And most importantly, all the team lunches and dinners over sushi, dim sum, pho, boba, and all-you-can-eat Korean BBQ. Miami made me forget how much I love Asian food!
Yes, I am on call 24/7 for oculoplastics . . . but am loving it here in San Diego and feel so blessed to do my training here at UCSD!
Photo: from the Shiley Eye Center welcome reception at La Jolla Shores