Sketching & Anatomic modelling for surgeons

Over 100 years ago, to become a master of cabinet making, in addition to your ­handicraft years, you had to enlist at the Academy of Fine Arts for half a year. Why is it not necessary for Esthetic Surgery?

Medicine and medical education used to be based on anatomy and morphology. Whereas dimensions have become smaller, biochemistry is dominating most areas of medicine now. While this was beneficial for patients and doctors alike, specialists in morphologic disciplines like general, traumatologic, reconstructive, maxillofacial and esthetic surgery feel a deficit. A deficit in morphology as well as haptic and artistic qualities.

This deficit is subtle. Some colleagues learn these qualities “on the job”. They may make a sketch to educate the patient, may become artists choosing the “right” implant for a given patient or giving good counsil when planning a rhytidectomy. But these qualities are rarely taught as subjects in their own right.

Gustav Sauser, prof for Anatomy and Histology at Innsbruck and Vienna, propagated his Anatomic Modelling Course, stressing the importance of touch, feeling and observing anatomical forms.

Oskar Kokoschka approached the problem for the general public that an educated
Central Eurpean knows too much, but does not feel enough. So he founded the School of Vision (“Schule des Sehens”).

An artist’s approach to life as well as to surgery will improve results considerably in morphologic surgical specialities.

Our course is to propagate these qualities and help colleagues.

»Aesthete, surgeon, artist«

That is how we will keep Dr. Wolfgang Metka in our hearts, who totally unexpectedly passed away in July 2013. A few years ago he initiated the Anatomic Modelling and Sketch courses with a big vision and we want to continue them anyways, with full passion, love of art and the beauty of the human body.

»Aesthetic Surgery is a form of art« – Dr. Wolfgang Metka, Prim. IR

To Dr. Metka it was all about considering Aesthetic Surgery of the perspective of an artist and to create a synergy of two disciplines which can only guarantee satisfying treatments of patients with the biggest chance of success as a conglomerate. Metka was one of the few who has also been studying arts besides his classical medical education and has learned from pioneers as Kokoschka, Picasso und Szyszkowitz to experience the world through the eyes of an artist.