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Fellowship Route

Fellowship Equivalency Route

(Section amended per the Board of Trustees meeting dated August 14, 2008) 

A candidate may be eligible for one or more areas of cosmetic surgery certification via the Fellowship Route based upon the following:

  • Initial certification by an approved board;
  • Postgraduate surgical training in accordance with the following training summary.
Approved Boards
Training
Area Eligible
Dermatology One year Dermatologic cosmetic surgery fellowship Dermatologic Cosmetic Surgery
One year general surgery residency and one year facial cosmetic surgery fellowship Facial Cosmetic Surgery
One year general surgery residency and two year general cosmetic surgery fellowship General Cosmetic Surgery
One year general surgery residency and one year body, breast & extremity cosmetic surgery fellowship Body, Breast & Extremity Cosmetic Surgery
General Surgery One year body, breast & extremity cosmetic surgery fellowship Body, Breast & Extremity Cosmetic Surgery
One year general cosmetic surgery fellowship General Cosmetic Surgery
Obstetrics and Gynecology One year facial cosmetic surgery fellowship Facial Cosmetic Surgery
One year body, breast & extremity cosmetic surgery fellowship Body, Breast & Extremity Cosmetic Surgery
One year general cosmetic surgery fellowship General Cosmetic Surgery
Ophthalmology with Oculoplastic Surgery One year facial cosmetic surgery fellowship Facial Cosmetic Surgery
One year general surgery residency and one year body, breast & extremity cosmetic surgery fellowship Body, Breast & Extremity Cosmetic Surgery
One year general surgery residency and two year general cosmetic surgery fellowship General Cosmetic Surgery
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery with an M.D. degree One year facial cosmetic surgery fellowship Facial Cosmetic Surgery
One year body, breast & extremity cosmetic surgery fellowship, including one year general surgery residency Body, Breast & Extemity Cosmetic Surgery
One year general cosmetic surgery fellowship, including one year general surgery residency General Cosmetic Surgery
Otolaryngology One year facial cosmetic surgery fellowship Facial Cosmetic Surgery
One year body, breast & extremity cosmetic surgery fellowship, including one year general surgery residency Body, Breast & Extremity Cosmetic Surgery
One year general cosmetic surgery fellowship, including one year general surgery residency General Cosmetic Surgery
Plastic Surgery One year general cosmetic surgery fellowship General Cosmetic Surgery

The Fellowship Program must be approved by:

(a) The American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS).  A list of approved programs may be obtained from the AACS:

737 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 2100, 
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web site: www.cosmeticsurgery.org
(b) Cosmetic surgery fellows of an AACS accredited  cosmetic surgery fellowship program may apply and sit for the written portion of the ABCS exam during their fellowship training provided they are board eligible or certified by one of the “approved boards” by the ABCS.
(c)

Cosmetic surgery fellows of an AACS accredited cosmetic surgery fellowship program may apply and sit for the oral portion of the ABCS exam immediately following their fellowship training if they can comply with the following and are board certified by one of the “approved boards” by the ABCS.

  1. Documented case logs as either surgeon, assistant surgeon or co-surgeon of at least 300 cosmetic surgery procedures in the specific area they seek board certification that encompass an adequate diversity as determined by the ABCS review committee.
  2. If less than 300 cases were documented during the fellowship, the applicant must document an additional 50 cosmetic surgery procedures as primary surgeon following their fellowship in the specific area they seek board certification that encompass an adequate diversity as determined by the ABCS review committee.
(d)

A candidate that has not completed an approved American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery fellowship may be eligible for certification via a two-tiered process:

Tier 1: Pre-Application / Petition of Equivalency

Applicant must furnish:

  1. Initial certification by an approved board;
  2. Recommendation letter from fellowship director attesting to training in the areas being sought for certification or, alternatively, a certificate of completion of fellowship obtained at time of completion of fellowship training identifying training in the area of certification sough;
  3. Surgical operative logs during fellowship training;

    Experiences must meet minimal guidelines for training fellowship as set forth in GUIDELINES FOR CLINICAL FELLOWSHIP TRAINING IN COSMETIC SURGERY by the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery; an
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  4. Initial non-refundable application fee in the amount of $500.00.

Upon review by the ABCS Fellowship and Board Review Committee and affirmative majority vote of the Board of Trustees, candidates that meet these criteria will receive written notification of equivalency of training to that of an AACS approved fellowship program and will then be eligible to pursue ABCS certification via the Fellowship Route.  Potential candidates that are denied equivalency of training by the Board of Trustees at its sole and absolute discretion will receive written notification.

Tier 2: Standard Application Process

The candidate will then be eligible to receive all  directions and documentation of requirements of theABCS examination application, and will be subject to all of the then current examination fees.  The candidate will also be held to the same due process as those of approved AACS fellowship training.  Candidates from non-AACS approved cosmetic surgery fellowships whose training is deemed equivalent to that of an AACS approved cosmetic surgery fellowship must submit a minimum of thirty (30) cosmetic surgery procedures as primary surgeon following completion of the fellowship program.  Candidates shall submit the required operative reports with clearly labeled, publication quality, before and after photos to verify the completion of the case requirements.  The operative reports must meet the standards set forth in the Application Booklet. The cosmetic surgery procedures must be in the area in which the applicant seeks certification and shall be of a sufficient mix to illustrate a depth and breadth of knowledge in the area of certification sought.  Guidelines for the cosmetic surgical procedures acceptable to the credentialing committee shall be provided with the  Candidate Application booklet furnished by the General Office