For those of us who endured a rough winter this year, we certainly appreciate the arrival of spring and its warmer weather and sunshine. I expect this improved weather will increase patient flow through our offices and be less disruptive to our surgery schedules. Though the winter was difficult, it did not hamper the progress of the Academy. With the hiring of our new executive director, Dan Garrett — working shoulder to shoulder with his administrative staff — we have made tremendous strides toward increasing our membership and offering outstanding new surgical workshops.
This will be a banner year for the Academy in the area of educational offerings. We have five Live Surgery Workshops on the schedule featuring the best and brightest course directors and faculty. The workshops focus on patient safety and are taught by a diverse roster of experts who will share their state-of-the-art techniques and technologies. Participants regularly fly from all over the world to learn from our experts. The courses are conducted in a very friendly environment, in lavishly equipped surgery centers, with an opportunity for all participants to ask questions, enhance their skills and build lasting relationships with their fellow attendees and faculty. Participants regularly comment on the value received from the workshops and have returned to their practices motivated to deliver safe and effective outcomes.
I strongly encourage you to attend one or more of the 2015 AACS Live Surgery Workshops:
The 31st Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans final report was compiled and the meeting was a huge success for our members and the Academy. There were 845 attendees at the annual meeting this year, which is an 11% increase over 2014. Eighty-four percent of attendees rated the meeting as either very good or excellent. In 2015, we have gained 77 new members to the Academy and re-instated 133 members who came back to the Academy after allowing their membership to expire. The Academy is once again a leading cosmetic surgery and medicine organization with a bright and prosperous future. Spread the word about the great things the academy has to offer and encourage your friends and colleagues to join the nation’s premier association for those who practice the specialty of cosmetic surgery and medicine.
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) has launched the International Division of the ABCS (IDABCS) and I encourage any of our international colleagues who practice cosmetic surgery, and who are not licensed to practice in the United States, to apply for the certification process by contacting the ABCS at 219.836.8585.
The academy is actively recruiting fellowship directors for Facial Cosmetic Surgery and General Cosmetic Surgery. If your practice performs at least 300 cosmetic surgical procedures per year and you are certified by the ABCS, you may qualify to become a fellowship director and your practice can become an AACS-accredited cosmetic surgery fellowship. The value of becoming a fellowship director is limitless and the rewards to your practice, your quality of life and professional development are unsurpassed. Interested surgeons may contact Margaret Bengtson at the AACS headquarters for more details at 312-981-6760 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I urge you to consider being a part of organized cosmetic surgery and medicine and give back to the organization that has done so much for so many of us over the past 30 years. The younger generation of cosmetic surgeons and physicians will appreciate your contribution. As a fellowship director, you can help ensure the quality of future leaders within our specialty of cosmetic surgery and medicine.