Legislation, Media, Collaboration
During this year, the Academy moved forward in fiscal management, education, legislative issues, public relations, pro bono activity, and cooperation with the AAO-HNS. Norman J. Pastorek, MD, FACS, spent an inordinate amount of time and effort to preserve our rights as facial plastic surgeons and to educate governmental officials about facial plastic surgery. Legislative battles were fought in Rhode Island, California, and in Canada. The Academy assisted the AMA in developing advertising guidelines that were sent to all state medical boards. On the public relations front, a new media kit was created, consisting of an AAFPRS fact sheet, information on procedures, how to choose a facial plastic surgeon, and more that would be of interest to media personnel. Additionally, all informational booklets and brochures were updated and approved.
“It was very rewarding during this year of unavoidable political and legislative maneuvering to watch the simple flowering of our Pro-Bono Committee’s work,” says Pastorek. The Academy also returned to the fold of COSM. There was close collaboration with AAO-HNS on various committees and task forces. For the first time in history, the AAO-HNS facial plastic surgery instructional courses were scheduled conveniently adjacent to the AAFPRS meeting. The ABFPRS strengthened over the year, with 99 people in 30 states earning certification by the Board.
Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material