Between the 16th and 21st March 2015, Dr Paa Ekow Hoyte-Williams from the Komfo Anyoke Teaching Hospital in Kumasi, Ghana attended the 12th Biennial Flap and Microsurgical course in Ibadan, Nigeria.

Dr Hoyte-Williams writes:

 “The 12th Biennial Flap and Microvascular course organised in the sub-region provided a unique opportunity for me as a trainee in plastic surgery to get to know from first hand, microvascular techniques and also add-on to my armamentarium of reconstructive flaps.

The faculty members for the course were mostly Nigerian Surgical consultants who had all participated in various flap courses in different parts of the world and have brought their experience to bear in designing the Ibadan flap course.  The Surgical expertise included Plastic Surgeons, an Oculo-plastic Surgeon, Urologist, Maxillofacial surgeon and an Orthopaedic Surgeon.  The only external faculty member was Mr Augustine Akali MBBS, FRCS(Ed) MSc (UCL), FRCS(Plast) from Yorkshire who was participating for the first time.  Mr Akali shared his experience in microvascular surgery in the UK, the challenges he faced, and how he overcame them, inspiring all the residents to aspire to excellence.”

“The introduction to basic microvascular techniques has been a great eye opener and indeed has stimulated my interest to pursue it and further develop the skills to enable me to practice in my centre.  The interactive environment, especially meeting colleagues at the same academic level in different institutions with similar challenges was a great motivation to develop my practice to the highest standards.”

Dr Paa Ekow Hoyte-Williams