Other “plastic surgeons” ?


The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) was formed in the early twentieth century to regulate the training differences between specialties in medicine and surgery for the clarification of the public. Plastic Surgery was a defined separate training pathway.

In the 1970’s other specialists decided they wanted to enter the plastic surgery arena. With a decidedly political vote of the ABMS members, other surgical subspecialists were allowed to independently develop “plastic surgery” training within their limited areas: otolaryngology, ophthalmology, dermatology.  As a result, “facial plastic surgeons”, “ophthalmic plastic surgeons”, and “dermatologic plastic surgeons” arose.

Needless to say, this approach is very confusing to the public.

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