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December 2019 President's Letter

Monday, December 23, 2019  
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Dear friends and colleagues,

Happy holidays! I'm sure that all of us are looking forward to spending time with loved ones and planning the year ahead as December draws to a close.

If you haven't already, please make plans to join us at the 2020 Annual Scientific Meeting in Las Vegas, February 27-29. Our physician-focused program and pre-conference Facial Cadaver Workshop, offering up to a combined 35 hours of CME credit, will teach you new techniques to bring to your practice and give you tips on dealing with difficult issues like medical board review and patient lawsuits. If you haven't yet, take some time during your holiday break to explore our recently published full program, featuring a separate Allied Health track which will train your staff on marketing, practice management, safety, and more. Register your whole team before January 20 and save up to $100 per registration.

For the first time, this year’s meeting will include a Women in Cosmetic Surgery Breakfast. All are invited to join us for a panel discussion on the unique challenges and opportunities women often encounter in the field. Our panel of experts have traveled different paths to put their mark on our industry. In the words of the session’s organizer, Shelia Barbarino, MD, FAAO, FAACS, FACS, "The session will provide a positive and productive environment to explore the unique challenges women who practice cosmetic surgery face. It will address the questions many of our panelists had when we first started practice." We'll cover advice for women beginning their careers in cosmetic surgery, work-life balance, how to gain the respect of your peers, and more, along with dedicated time for questions and answers. 

Cosmetic surgery is already a diverse and multidisciplinary field, and it's important that we support and amplify different viewpoints as we move toward the future. It can only make us stronger as we work toward our mission to advance cosmetic surgery. Registration for the Women in Cosmetic Surgery breakfast is free, though you are encouraged to RSVP on the AACS website. You can also email to be added to the list of attendees or to submit a question for the panel to address.

Wishing you a restful and safe holiday season,

Chris Lowery, DO, FACOS, FAACS
AACS President