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November President's Newsletter

Tuesday, December 30, 2014   (0 Comments)
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Dear Colleagues,

Nearing the end of my presidency, I welcome incoming president Dr. Michael Will, who will be writing to you next time, in January. I started the year with a several-page-long planning list of things I'd like to be able to say were accomplished. That list changed drastically as it became apparent that the AACS required a major restructuring. Well, that's nearly completed and so at the end of this term year, we have a healthy organization to pass along! 

First things first: 


Please renew your membership in the AACS for the 2015 year. Your support translates into increased educational opportunities in 2015, including regional workshops, fellowship programs and webinars; and increased promotion and advocacy of cosmetic surgeons. You can renew online or by calling headquarters at 312.981.6760. 

Please register for the 31st Annual Scientific Meeting, coming up Jan. 14-17, 2015, in New Orleans. Our discounted registration rate will expire on Dec. 31, so be sure to register before the end of next month. I hope to see you there! 

Please consider contributing to the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery (AJCS). If you are interested in being a peer reviewer for the American Journal of Cosmetic Surgery, please contact me directly for instructions and registration ( As always, we are interested in publishing scientific, clinical and case-based papers. And, of course, if you have any interesting creative art (photographs, paintings, sculptures, drawings) we are happy to feature this work.

For AJCS submissions:
To see the journal online: 


One of the joys of being your president has been the opportunity to represent the AACS where necessary. A recent post within a member forum on the American College of Surgeons website asked for advice on whether a general surgeon with a one-year fellowship in cosmetic surgery should be allowed to have hospital privileges. After reading several sequential comments critiquing cosmetic fellowships, or non-plastic surgeons doing cosmetic surgery, I posted the following reply: 

As a board certified general surgeon, plastic surgeon and cosmetic surgeon, it pains me to see the discussion avoid the obvious issue: Training, experience and education. While plastic surgeons may think that they get sufficient training in cosmetic surgery during their residency, in many cases this is not so, and the plastic surgery literature confirms this. A one-year fellowship in cosmetic surgery, offered by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery requires primary operative experience, as surgeon or first assistant, and the evaluation and care of 300 cases during the fellowship year. These fellowships require surgical board certification in one of 7 surgical specialties. Most cosmetic surgery procedures have been developed from a variety of specialties, and cosmetic surgery cannot be said to be owned by any one field.

As former Chief of Plastic Surgery, I can attest to the fact that hospital privileges are not granted solely on the basis of board certification but must also rely on training, experience and education. Although I was trained in a broad array of procedures, if my more recent practice did not include sufficient case logs for specific procedures, those privileges were not granted.

The individual in question should be evaluated for his/her specific ability to meet hospital standards for those procedures which he/she wishes to perform. And I would suggest that someone in the hospital should review the case log for the fellowship before determining that any single procedure is inappropriate. 


I hope all of you will look out for opportunities to educate our contemporaries and to respond to irresponsible criticism of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery.

It has been a pleasure serving as your president over this past year. I believe wholeheartedly that I am leaving the AACS not in good hands, but expert hands, with Dr. Michael Will.

Happy Holidays to you and yours and I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans in the New Year!






Jane Petro, MD


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