Dr. Samuel Oyer, of Charleston, South Carolina, earned the highest score on the 2015 ABFPRS examination in Washington, D.C., and will be honored with the Jack R. Anderson Prize for Scholastic Excellence at the AAFPRS Fall Meeting in Dallas.
“After high school, medicine wasn’t originally part of my career plan,” confided Dr. Oyer. “I entered college planning on a career in physics, but I struggled with the limited human interaction in that scientific field so I took a year off from college to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. I divided my time between building cabinets and working as a personal assistant for an investment manager.”
During his year juggling sawdust and stock tips, Oyers’ thoughts kept turning to the field of medicine because it offered the opportunity to combine science with meaningful personal interaction. That realization fueled his determination to enroll in medical school at Indiana University and later propelled him into his residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
“I was initially interested in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery due to my exposure in my residency with my mentors, Drs. Krishna Patel and Judy Skoner. This was augmented by a medical mission trip to the Dominican Republic where I was struck by the great need for facial reconstruction and the potential impact such surgeries could have in the developing world,” states Oyer. “Facial plastic surgery appeals to me because it is not restricted to a specific organ system or disease process, but it is a combination of applied knowledge of anatomy and physiology with surgical creativity and artistry,” he explains.
After his residency, Dr. Oyer matched for the AAFPRS Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University with Drs. Patrick Byrne and Ira Papel. “Thanks to the tutelage and experience I gained during my fellowship with Drs. Byrne and Papel, I am also interested in helping educate the next generation of surgeons and contributing to the field through clinical research,” states Dr. Oyer. “I’d like to combine that with ongoing medical service trips to help provide care for patients in underserved areas and help educate local surgeons on facial plastic surgery techniques—especially facial reanimation of patients with facial paralysis.”
Dr. Oyer is now an Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston where he plans to combine both cosmetic and reconstructive components of facial plastic surgery in his practice.
Dr. Mark V. Connelly, ABFPRS President, adds this thought: “We’re all extremely proud of Dr. Oyer and his accomplishment. The ABFPRS Board of Directors and I wish him every success as he pursues his career and, hopefully, ABFPRS certification.”
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