Fellow-level Membership

Fellow-level membership within the AACS distinguishes a physician for his or her commitment to cosmetic surgery through extensive education and professional accomplishments. You may achieve Fellow-level membership through one of three pathways outlined below. Each pathway requires different qualifications and steps, but each exhibits a great sense of achievement and tireless effort.

 

 


 

(1) Cosmetic Board Certification

This pathway is those applicants who fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Any current Diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) or American Board of Facial Cosmetic Surgery (ABFCS).

 


 

(2) Traditional Pathway

This pathway is those applicants who fulfill the following criteria:

  1. With a current medical license in the location where he or she practices.

  2. Are board certified in a “surgical specialty” by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS), the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOA-BOS), the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, or for internationally trained surgeons, the College of Surgeons of South Africa, the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh, the Royal College of Surgeons of England, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Consejo Mexicano, or the Philippine Board of Surgery, or other board deemed equivalent by the AACS’ Board of Trustees.

  3. Who demonstrate, using this AACS surgical case listing template, that they have performed at least fifty (50) cosmetic surgery procedures as the surgeon with primary responsibility for procedure, during the year prior to applying for Fellow-level membership.

 


 

(3) Non-Core

This pathway is those applicants who fulfill the following criteria:

  1. Are board certified in their primary specialty.

  2. Demonstrate, using the AACS surgical case listing template, that they have performed at least 100 cosmetic surgery procedures as the surgeon with primary responsibility for procedure, during the year prior to application.

  3. Have significant AACS membership and participation experience. Read more about the Non-Core pathway’s additional qualifications or begin your application.