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May President's Letter

Thursday, June 9, 2016  
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Dr. Robert ShumwayThe American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery

Dr. Robert Shumway, AACS President

Tackling Medical Board Equivalency

This past weekend, the AACS Board of Trustees met in Chicago to discuss the Academy and its progress. After putting in the work over the past couple of years to bring the organization new life, including the creation of a strategic plan, revamping AACS's Vision and Mission Statement. I'm thrilled to report a positive financial trajectory for the organization, among other things. From outstanding educational events, increased member engagement and satisfaction, and efforts put towards programs such as the AACS Certified Fellowship Program, we have much to be proud of, and our work continues! My sincere thanks to our dedicated board members for their participation this weekend and their dedication to the Academy. I look forward to the inevitable continued progress and appreciate every effort to bring AACS to its full potential.
All glowing praises aside, many of you are already aware of the medical equivalency issue pervading the cosmetic surgery profession. We have seen a push from the plastic surgery community to remove the right of cosmetic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) to market themselves as being "board certified." I write to acknowledge the unrest that comes with this and to assure you that the Academy is working closely with the ABCS and the states presently impacted to bring meaningful resolution.
You may be wondering how you can help resolve this situation. If you are not already, I strongly encourage you to join the American Medical Association (AMA) and participate by helping to amplify AACS's voice in their House of Delegates (HOD), on which AACS has a seat.
The Academy is committed to making you and your practice more successful with cutting-edge knowledge. In the next couple of months, AACS will provide three WebClinics, covering CO2 laser resurfacing, PRP and hair restoration, and how to create an effective internet marketing plan for your practice. Register for any or all of these webinars to receive efficient, expert instruction, as well as CME credit. Similarly, the next Core Curriculum Webinar is coming up on June 18. Dr. Tony Mangubat will cover the management, types, risks and complications, and anatomy of face lifts. To learn more about the Core Curriculum Webinars and how to participate, contact Margaret Bengtson at

And last but certainly not least, with plans well underway for the 2017 Annual Scientific Meeting in San Diego next February, the call for abstracts is now open. We are looking for presentations in a number of topic areas, including breast reduction, cosmetic gynecology, otoplasty, hair restoration, practice management, and much more. Explore all topic areas and submit an abstract on the AACS website by July 11.
I appreciate your time and attention and look forward to sending you another Academy update soon.


Robert A. Shumway, MD, FACS