Posts Tagged ‘training’

Other “plastic surgeons” ?

Monday, March 28th, 2011

AREN’T THERE “PLASTIC SURGEONS” IN OTHER SPECIALTIES?

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.

 

Plastic Surgery Training

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011

WHAT IS THE TRAINING OF A PLASTIC SURGEON?

At the current time, there are two parallel tracks to into Plastic Surgery after first achieving an M.D. degree. The traditional tract is to first train in General Surgery or Otolaryngology, then do a second residency in Plastic Surgery. The alternate pathway, more recently established, it to do a six year program in Plastic Surgery alone, with educational rotations on related services.

At the completion of Plastic Surgery training, the graduate is eligible to pursue certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.