The Academy's variety of sponsored educational programs offer a forum in which cosmetic surgery professionals can network, exchange ideas and improve skills. Each year, the Academy presents in-depth instructional programs that address the current issues, concerns and educational needs of cosmetic surgeons, thereby enabling practitioners to continue providing the highest level of quality medical and dental care.
Leading specialists in various fields combine forces with regulatory and legislative bodies to present the most current information on technological and socioeconomic issues. Physicians attending these programs may also earn continuing medical education credits. Read the AACS educational policies.
The AACS Annual Scientific Meeting
Held each winter, the Annual Scientific Meeting focuses on multidisciplinary issues of interest to the membership and field of cosmetic surgery. Featured presentation address what is current and why, as well as controversies and advances in the specialty of cosmetic surgery. Specialists from around the world gather for this highly regarded annual event. It also serves as the Academy's annual business meeting with the installation of new officers and trustees.
World Congress on Liposuction
Returning in 2017, the Academy will explore the “Magic of Fat” at the 2017 World Congress on Liposuction, September 14-17 in Chicago. Over 2.5 days of education and social events, attendees will learn advanced liposuction techniques, complications management, fat grafting and PRP use, and more.
Through the AACS educational workshops, a combination of lectures and live surgery demonstrations are presented, providing step-by-step instructions. These workshops provide a limited group of participants the opportunity to observe techniques in a live surgery setting.
Stay up to date on the latest practices and procedures in cosmetic surgery through AACS live WebClinics. Offered to both members and nonmembers, these webinars are hosted by cosmetic surgery experts and offer valuable CME credit and in-depth training for those time-starved medical professionals.
Clinical Fellowship Training Program
This fellowship program is offered to those who have completed a formal residency in General Surgery, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Maxillofacial Surgery, (MD/DDS), Gynecologic Surgery, Orthopedic Surgery, or equivalent ACGME-recognized residency training. Dermatologic surgeons are required to have a minimum of one year of general surgery training. Visit the Fellowship section for current directory of fellowship program directors and frequently asked questions.
Continuing Medical Education
The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education (CME) for physicians. The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery takes responsibility for the content, quality and scientific integrity of the CME activities.
Although AACS does not certify cosmetic surgeons, it encourages all members to become certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery.