Fellowship training to become certified by the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery
One of the most important steps to becoming a diplomate of the American Board of Cosmetic Surgery (ABCS) is completing your cosmetic surgery fellowship training. The fellowship program provides the foundation for well-rounded cosmetic surgery training, in addition to being a great opportunity to be mentored by an experienced cosmetic surgeon in their practice.
The cosmetic surgery fellowship program is a fantastic option for surgeons coming right out of residency as well as experienced surgeons who are already in practice and hope to incorporate or transition into cosmetic surgery.
What does a cosmetic surgery fellowship entail?
The cosmetic surgery fellowship program is administered under the auspices of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS), with AACS certified fellowships available all over the country. Once you have applied to the program of your choosing and have been placed, your training will begin.
During your AACS certified fellowship, you are required to perform a minimum of 300 cosmetic surgery procedures per year under the guidance of your fellowship director. You will have the opportunity to get first-hand experience with some of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures, minimally invasive solutions and skin treatments, and the day-to-day of a busy cosmetic surgery practice.
This hands-on experience provides an unparalleled level of cosmetic surgery training, offering surgeons the rare opportunity to hone their skills under the tutelage of leading cosmetic surgeons in a real patient environment.
How can I apply for a general cosmetic surgery fellowship?
After you have completed residency training and are pursuing primary board certification in General Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Otolaryngology, Thoracic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Neurological Surgery, Ophthalmology, and/or Orthopedic Surgery (hereinafter referred to as “approved boards”), the next step is to apply for a one-year American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery certified fellowship. (Note: Ophthalmic surgeons must complete a two year cosmetic surgery fellowship. Plastic surgeons who have completed an ACGME approved plastic surgery residency may apply for an AACS certified cosmetic surgery fellowship with the intent to pursue ABCS certification as their primary board certification.)
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Please contact the ABCS home office with any questions about your eligibility, the fellowship and certification process, or how to get started. We’d be happy to provide you with the information you need.