AACS Certified General Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship

The most in-depth and intensive cosmetic surgery training available

An AACS Certified General Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship is a post‐residency program involving advanced education and training in the art of cosmetic surgery. 

What defines cosmetic surgery?

Cosmetic surgery is a specialty exclusively dedicated to the enhancement of appearance through surgical and medical techniques directed to all areas of the head, neck, and body. Cosmetic surgery is performed by facial plastic surgeons, general surgeons, gynecologists, ophthalmologists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, otolaryngologists, plastic surgeons, and physicians from other fields.

Training Included in a General Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship 

General cosmetic surgery training fellows participate as primary surgeon or direct assistant in 300 or more cosmetic surgery procedures. 

  • These 300 procedures include a minimum of:
    • 50 cosmetic surgery procedures of the body or extremities
    • 50 cosmetic surgery procedures of the breast
    • 50 dermatologic cosmetic surgery procedure
    • 50 facial cosmetic surgery procedures.
  • Fellows also receive exposure to common non‐surgical cosmetic procedures (e.g., fillers, Botox, superficial skin care treatment).

Training also includes: 

  • A broad and complete sequence of patient experiences, designed for the fellow to master: 
    • the principles of aesthetics
    • patient consultations and management
    • complications management
    • postoperative care of common cosmetic procedures
  • An intimate, unparalleled training experience led by your fellowship director on running a successful cosmetic surgery practice, from creation to management. 
  • Instruction in the basic sciences, anatomy, anesthesia, ethics, pre-and postoperative management, surgical technique, wound healing, laboratory technique. medicolegal and regulatory issues, and quality assurance should be included in the curriculum
  • Regularly scheduled didactic sessions including morbidity and mortality conferences, Core Curriculum Review, clinical presentations, and research and basic science presentations
  • Weekly seminars with your director, and a mandatory reading list from landmark cosmetic surgery topics.

 

Eligibility Requirements for General Cosmetic Surgery Fellowship

A General Cosmetic Surgery training fellow applicant must qualify under one of the following specialties:

GENERAL SURGERY; OBSTETRICS/GYNECOLOGY; OTOLARYNGOLOGY; THORACIC SURGERY; PLASTIC SURGERY; UROLOGY; ORTHROPEDIC SURGERY:
Board certification in General Surgery; Obstetrics/Gynecology; Otolaryngology; Thoracic Surgery; Plastic Surgery; Urology; Orthropedic Surgery is required. Board certification must be granted by a member board of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS); a member board of the American Osteopathic Association Bureau of Osteopathic Specialists (AOA‐ BOS); or a certifying board that requires the completion of a residency program accredited by the ACGME, AOA‐BOS.

ORAL AND MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY:
Board certified, or successfully completed an accredited integrated OMS‐MD program required for board certification, in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS) with a medical degree (MD). To qualify, board certification must be granted by a certifying board recognized by the American Dental Association, and requiring residency training that complies with both the ACGME Program Requirements for Graduate Medical Education in General Surgery, and the Accreditation Standards for Advanced Specialty Education Programs in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

OPHTHALMOLOGY:
Board certified, or successfully completed an accredited residency program required for board certification, in Ophthalmology. To qualify, board certification in ophthalmology must be granted by a member board of the ABMS, a member board of the AOA‐BOS, or a certifying board that otherwise requires the completion of a residency program accredited by the ACGME, AOA‐BOS and successful completion of an Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship Program certified by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS) or an ASOPRS member in good standing or successful completion of the first year (PGY‐1) of a general surgery residency program accredited by ACGME or the AOA‐BOS.

Other requirements can be found on the Program Requirements for Clinical Fellowship Training in General Cosmetic Surgery.

 

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