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April President's Newsletter

Wednesday, April 29, 2015  
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Dr. Michael Will, AACS President

Major Milestones for the Academy -  
Reinstated Facial Fellowships, New Educational Programs, and Financial Stability
The Academy is halfway through the fiscal year and it has been just about a year since the Sentergroup took over the management of our association. There have been many positive changes at the AACS that have occurred in such a short period of time that I would like to mention. Most notably is the dramatic improvement in our financial stability, achieved at the hands of the Sentergroup and the fiscal responsibility of our outstanding treasurer, Dr. Bob Burke. The Academy is now a vibrant organization and energized to introduce and implement new technologies and member benefit services that have never been offered before.

Another milestone achievement by the AACS is the centralized application service for our cosmetic surgery fellowships, which will help match fellowship directors and prospective fellowship candidates. The fellowships will also now have a centralized procedural database to record the wide variety of outstanding procedures performed in our fellowships. We plan to expand the procedural database to the entire membership to capture the large volume of cosmetic procedures performed annually by our Academy members. We expect that the data collected will help establish the AACS as the lead organization in cosmetic surgery and provide evidence-based outcomes that our members perform safe and effective cosmetic surgery and medicine. In addition to our general cosmetic surgery fellowships, the Academy has established specific facial cosmetic surgery fellowships that should attract both single- and double-degree oral and maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, oculoplastic surgeons and dermatologic surgeons. Please visit the AACS website to learn how you can become a director for one of these new facial fellowship programs, or for a general cosmetic surgery program.

The 31st Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans was a huge success and the event proceedings, abstracts, speaker presentations and social gathering photos can be found on our Facebook page - please check them out! The annual meeting also began the tenure for our new executive director, Daniel Garrett, who has been working closely with the AACS staff directors and committee chairs to advance our position in the marketplace by increasing membership, generating revenue, increasing educational opportunities for our members and improving our automation management. Dan is working diligently to prepare for the AACS 2015 Strategic Planning Meeting, where the entire board of trustees and committee chairs convene in Chicago in late May to focus on the short- and long-term goals for our Academy. If you have strong feeling about goals and objectives for the AACS, please reach out to me, a board member or a committee chair and share your thoughts. Your leadership wants the organization to be member-focused and driven, and your concerns will be heard and strongly considered.

Looking forward, the 2016 Annual Meeting will be in sunny Hollywood, Florida, Jan. 14-16. Our call for abstracts will open next week and registration will go live in July. Save the date and mark your calendars to attend!

In addition to our annual meeting, I am very excited about the outstanding, new educational opportunities we are offering this year, including our five live surgery workshops and online learning WebClinics, all of which will provide valuable CME and in-depth training. We’ll be announcing the full slate of WebClinic speakers, dates and topics in the coming days.

As for our workshops, there are just a few slots remaining for our first workshop, The Art of Fat Grafting for Facial Rejuvenation and Body Contouring, May 15-17 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with AACS fellows Chad Deal, MD, and Carey Nease, MD. Make sure to reserve your spot soon if you are interested in advancing your skills in fat grafting techniques.

Following the May course, we’ll have four more workshops before the end of the year. All are directed by highly respected, leading cosmetic surgeons in the country. Please take advantage of these exceptional opportunities to not only learn new skills and techniques but to network with your AACS colleagues.
I wish everyone a healthy and happy spring and look forward to reporting the new developments and accomplishments by the AACS in my next newsletter.

Dr. Michael Will
Michael J. Will, MD, DDS, FACS