May 17-18, 2013
Vein Treatments for the Cosmetic Surgeon
September 21-22, 2013
Innovations in Aesthetic Breast Surgery
October 2-5, 2013
World Congress on Advanced Liposculpture and Body Contouring
New York City, NY
Jan. 15-18, 2014
30th Annual Scientific Meeting
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Creating Pathways to Learning
The AACS believes that it is important to incorporate several different learning methods into a complete educational process. Certainly, didactic lectures with questions and answers, such as those found during general sessions are important. The sharing of experiences from colleagues is invaluable, but this is not sufficient for a total learning experience. Concentrated learning sessions, provided in our instruction courses are another very important facet of the process, allowing individuals quality time with an expert(s).
No learning process, however, is complete without a workshop setting, incorporating focused lectures with demonstrations, and if possible either simulated or actual hands-on experience. Some techniques may require more lengthy periods of study, such as the opportunities afforded by our Observational Learning Programs. These programs facilitate a week-long study program, generally one-on-one, with an experienced Academy surgeon.
Whether it is an established technique, or one that is still unfolding, the learning process must be complete and multifaceted. The Academy urges each surgeon to responsibly seek out a complete pathway to training, prior to incorporating a technique into his practice. Patient safety and satisfaction can only be achieved through thorough physician education.