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Medical Education and Fellowships

Medical Education and Fellowships

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Medical Education and Fellowships

As part of our ongoing commitment to innovation, the McIndoe Fellowship Scheme was set up to redress the gap in specialist plastics and skin cancer training traditionally carried out in the NHS. As a centre we offer advanced coaching to aspiring plastic and reconstructive surgeons who work alongside our internationally renowned consultants. 

Matthew Pywell

Cosmetic Fellowship 2018

Matthew qualified from Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry in 2011 and has been a specialist plastic surgery trainee on the Pan Thames rotation since 2015. Having previously worked in London hospitals and most recently the world-renowned Queen Victoria Hospital, he was selected for the Cosmetic Fellowship at The McIndoe Centre. Matthew is due to sit his FRCS exam in 2019 which is a pre-requisite in the UK to become a plastic surgery consultant.

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Plastic surgery trainees are required to assist with, or perform one hundred cosmetic cases during their specialist training programme. Due to changes in the NHS, trainees can no longer expect this kind of exposure in NHS hospitals. As the first fellowship of its kind in the UK, The McIndoe Centre has been able to give me training which I otherwise would not have been exposed to. Completing the fellowship within the training programme has also allowed vital experience before the dreaded FRCS exam!

The fellowship has really opened my eyes into the world of cosmetic surgery, skin cancer and more latterly hand surgery. It is vastly different from the work we undertake in the NHS and, as such, so are the patients. I have been involved in a considerable number of diverse cases and learnt how to perform a variety of cosmetic surgery procedures. Spending time with hand and skin cancer specialists has also helped developed my skills in these areas. This is very helpful since this one-on-one time in these particular specialties is not always possible in the NHS.

I have had such a fantastic four months here at The McIndoe Centre. The staff are all so welcoming and great fun to work with. It has been a real honour to be involved with a centre so focused on investing in the surgeons of the future. A lot of the consultants at The McIndoe Centre have been through this fellowship during their own training- I hope that one day I may return as a consultant to give back all that I have gained during my time here.

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