Recognition, Acceptance, Fellowship
During this year, we continued to work on recognition by the profession, acceptance by our own senior societies, and superior requirements for fellowship. With a special invitation, we met with the American Board of Otolaryngology and were able to have the words, “plastic surgery,” included in the Essentials from the Residency Review Committee. This led to an increasing portion of the ABO examination centered on plastic surgery.
We were able to start having our meetings at the same time and place as the other senior societies, so it was basically automatic to be included in COSM. Our courses became accredited by the ACGME for hours of continuing education. Emphasis was placed on a broader field of surgical procedures, especially soft tissue surgery in reconstruction and surgery of the aging face. Our contacts started the European courses, which led to the establishment of the Joseph Society. At a meeting in New York, I organized a panel including Dean Lierle, MD, or recommendations on the length and content of fellowship training, later influencing the AAFPRS approved fellowships.
Note: Summary taken from Academy printed material.