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Learning more than medicine
Evan Haas

Plastic surgery is a medical field that I have been interested in for a long time. Having the honor to shadow Dr. Copit and Dr. Chang confirmed my interest in the field, and may have even prepared me for my science classes in the future. Dr. Copit specializes in cosmetic procedures, breast reconstruction, reduction, augmentation, and rhinoplasties. Since there are so many aspects involved in medicine and plastic surgery, I think that the project promoted almost all of the "Essential Qualities of a Haverford School Graduate."

On my first day, Dr. Copit had me look over three books, which summarized multiple techniques for facial reconstruction, burn repair, and breast reductions. My reading helped me prepare to think critically, and evaluate each case with multiple techniques in mind. During my time at his practice, I watched numerous cosmetic procedures, including the injections of Botulinum toxin (better known as Botox), filler injections, and scar repair. I assisted in the organization of medical instruments during these minimally invasive procedures, such as scar repair, as well as during the filling of tissue expanders after a patient's reconstructive surgery. Because I had no prior medical training, even small Botox procedures intrigued me.

Dr. Copit is a doctor, a lifesaver, and an artist. He is everything that his patients are looking for in a surgeon, and he taught me some very valuable lessons over three short weeks.

I also sat in on many preoperative and postoperative consultations for breast reduction and rhinoplasties. Dr. Copit's pre-operative consultation protocol for both rhinoplasties and breast reductions included the explanation of anatomy and/or bone structure of the breast or nose, the changes that could be made including scarring placement, and the doctor's goals for the procedure. Dr. Copit explained to me that giving patients a visual aid for their upcoming surgery would give them more confidence in their possible results, but also give them an accurate and safe representation of the procedure. During consultations, Dr. Copit and Dr. Chang discussed which techniques or procedures would be most effective, making their decision clear to each other, myself, and most of all, the patient.

The way he handled patient care was unbelievable. He exemplified the quality of being "a compassionate person who takes joy in the accomplishments of others and supports those struggling to surmount life's difficult challenges," as the essential qualities say. Dr. Copit specializes in breast reconstruction for patients who had single and double mastectomies and lumpectomies. For anyone, especially a woman, losing a breast or chest tissue, or being diagnosed with a life-threatening condition, is extremely saddening and scary. But when they visit Dr. Copit's practice, they are greeted by caring and compassionate doctors and nurses. When they are consulted, Dr. Copit always gives them an accurate and realistic opinion of their current status, and assures them that he will do everything in his power to improve their health and physical beauty. Dr. Copit is a doctor, a lifesaver, and an artist. He is everything that his patients are looking for in a surgeon, and he taught me some very valuable lessons over three short weeks.


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