October President's Newsletter
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Posted by: Jean O'Brien
Visiting Dallas has always seemed like a great idea, but a couple weeks ago, many of us were a little wary. Over the Oct. 17-19 weekend, the Board of Trustees (BOT) of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS), the board examiners, all of the examinees taking their written and oral boards, as well as the AACS BOT met in Dallas...in spite of the Ebola fears. In fact, most flights INTO Dallas were fully booked, and the downtown hotels, restaurants (and bars) all seemed happily busy. In all, nearly 100 people were involved in our meetings over that weekend.
The scores accorded to the examinees and their examiners won't be ready for a while, but I can say that the BOT of the AACS was decisive and enthusiastic. I give them a passing grade with high honors! Our new management team, Sentergroup, had almost nothing but good news, albeit cautionary. Membership renewals are proceeding well (have you renewed for 2015 yet?), registrations for the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans are rolling in (register here by Friday, Oct. 31, to save), and a review of expenses for the past year show a significant improvement in controlling costs.
The return of Moira Twitty, whom many of you will remember from years ago, as our Director of Education brings a new year of education for the AACS. Webinars, seminars, live surgery workshops and other educational content were approved during our BOT meeting in Dallas and will be announced during the Annual Meeting. Marco Barusco, as Chair of Education, and Mark Mandel-Brown, our Fellowship Director, have worked hard to create content compliant with ACCME criteria that will be interesting and informative.
Another important topic discussed at our BOT meeting was fellowships. A previous decision by the ABCS to only offer board examination to one-year fellowship trained general cosmetic surgeons had impacted our fellowship programs negatively. With the advent of a new process for facial cosmetic surgeons, we will be able to offer training in both facial and dermatologic cosmetic surgery in the coming years and hope to reactivate those programs negatively impacted by the previous decision. The BOT approved new Fellowship Guidelines and these are now available for your inspection. If you are interested in establishing an AACS approved one-year fellowship training program, visit the AACS website for guidelines, the application and frequently asked questions. We are also hosting an informational luncheon at the Annual Meeting for anyone interested in establishing or enrolling in a fellowship.
The Dallas meeting also included a joint planning session involving the AACS and the ABCS BOT. During that meeting, plans were made for completion of a centralized database for fellowship applications, expansion of our fellowships to restore programs for facial cosmetic and dermatologic cosmetic surgeons, continued outreach to the international community of cosmetic surgeons, and stronger communications with our members about the activities of both organizations. You can expect to see more news about all our mutual interests in the months ahead.
So, don't forget to renew your dues and register for the Annual Meeting by Friday of this week to secure the early bird rate! I guarantee, you will be happy you did both.