January 2019 President's Letter
Thursday, January 24, 2019
The Annual Scientific Meeting next week in Orlando will mark the end of my presidency–and what a year it has been! Last May, the Board met and laid out a strategic plan to help delineate the needs of our members and to forge a path for the Academy to follow over the next few years.
During that meeting, we formed an engaged and hardworking advocacy committee to implement the strategic plan formulated by the Board. As President of AACS, my goal was to expand the outreach and advocacy efforts of our organization, and I believe we have achieved that, with more work to come in the future. We continue to work to protect the rights of trained cosmetic surgeons to advertise their training and board certification.
Patient health and safety has been our relentless focus, with the release of the AACS social media guidelines, and in conjunction with the ABCS, the creation of new guidelines on safe fat transfer and augmentation of the buttocks. These guidelines will be published in our journal in the near future.
Given our goal of representing the best in the field of cosmetic surgery, an additional focus this year was on training the next generation of cosmetic surgeons. We have revamped the Fellowship Match program and have started to grow the number of surgeons enrolling in our certified Fellowship Programs. The upcoming Annual Scientific Meeting will also feature the first-ever Resident Forum for which we have surpassed our initial registration goal. Our hope is that by reaching out to residents early on, they will have a better understanding of our field and will be encouraged to pursue our fellowships upon completion of their residencies!
With an eye toward the bright future of AACS and the field of cosmetic surgery, I look forward to working with my successor, Chris Lowery, DO, to continue to achieve our goals and work in the best interests of our members and their patients.
Suzan Obagi, MD