I received an advertisement in the mail today for a “Plastic Surgeon”. It was in one of those mailers with multiple cards for various services. I won’t mention the doctor but he seemed to have a lot of letters after his name (must be well trained). They were from organizations like the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery and The American Society of Liposuction Surgery. Sounds impressive, huh?! As a plastic surgeon, I feel it is my obligation to educate my patients and the general public about what it takes to become a plastic surgeon and what the important organizations are in the plastic surgery world. In upcoming posts, I will also take a look at what it takes to become a member of the organizations listed above. I will break this into multiple posts.
*4 years of college
*4 years of medical school
*5 years of general surgery residency
*3 years of plastic surgery residency
After all this training, I had to take a written and oral exam to become Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery
There are other routes to board certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is just the way I did it.
I will discuss the important organizations in Plastic Surgery and the importance of Board Certification in Plastic Surgery in Part 2.